Springburn Orange Hall targeted in ‘sickening’ attack by firebugs

AN Orange Hall has been damaged in “sickening” attack by firebugs.

Emergency services were called to the Springburn Orange Hall on Millarbank Street at around 7.15pm last night, in what lodge chiefs say is the tenth of such attack on their premises this year.

Police Scotland have confirmed they are treating the fire as “wilful”.

SNP Councillor Christina Cannon says she has been left “very disappointed” over the incident, and urged anyone with information to contact police.

Orange Grand Master Jim McHarg said: “Once again I have to report and totally condemn another arson hate attack on an Orange Hall.

“Members of the local lodge were disgusted.

“This is a truly sickening incident and one which clearly had a clear sectarian motive. The moronic hate-filled individuals responsible are a blight on the local community and ought to be ashamed of their actions.”

Mr McHarg says CCTV of the incident has been passed over to the police. 

He added: “I have been delighted to see the positive impact our members and lodges are having in their communities across the country, with the charitable giving and assistance shown to people of all faiths and none during this pandemic, something you won’t view in any national newspaper.

“While we help others, we continue to have intolerance and hatred inflictedupon our orange existence.

“This really is a despicable action and we would call on all to condemn the attack. ”

Councillor Chrisina Cannon posted on Facebook: “I have been contacted about the fire raising at Springburn Orange Halls last night.

“I am very disappointed as this building and its members are working in partnership with other organisations across Springburn and further afield in the community response to Coronavirus.

“If anyone has any information, please contact the Police on 101. Stay safe.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Around 7.45pm on Sunday, police were called to a report of a fire in Keppochhill Road, Glasgow. 

“No one was injured and officers are treating the fire as wilful. 

“Enquiries are continuing and detectives are appealing to anyone with information that may assist their investigation, or anyone driving on Keppochhill Road around that time with dash-cam footage to contact them. 

“Information can be passed to Maryhill Police Office through 101 quoting reference number 2993 of 11th May. 

“Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”

The Glasgow Times has contacted the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for comment.

Published on the 11th of May 2020
Article taken from the Glasgow Evening Times

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