All Saints Gaelic Athletic Club building in Ballymena is attacked by ‘paint bombers’

PAINT has been thrown at the All Saints Gaelic Athletic Club building on the outskirts of Ballymena.

The incident has been condemned by politicians.

The SDLP North Antrim Facebook page said on Sunday: ‘I cannot condemn enough the actions of the idiots who threw paint-bombs at All Saints GAC Clubrooms!

‘A sporting facility that is run by volunteers and provides for vast numbers of local people from every age group, seven days week!

‘A wanton attack, with no rationale or reason. I urge those involved to stop immediately and think long and hard about what it is they think they are achieving!?!’

Independent Ballymena councillor Rodney Quigley said on Facebook: ‘No matter whether it’s a GAA building, Orange Hall or any other building this sort of behaviour has to be condemned outright and has no place in today’s society.”

Police told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Monday they received a report of criminal damage at premises in the Woodside Road area of Ballymena yesterday afternoon (Sunday 6th October).

Sergeant Roberts said: “Shortly after 12:45pm, it was reported that a number of paint bombs had been thrown at a football ground in the area. Damage was caused to the walls of the property during the incident.

“Enquiries are continuing and the incident is being treated as a sectarian motivated hate crime.

“We would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact police in Ballymena on 101, quoting reference number 876 06/10/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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