Last night's grenade attack on a County Derry bar was claimed by the loyalist Orange Volunteer Force.

The blast happened at the front of McNally's Inn between Castledawson and Toomebridge at around a quarter past ten last night. It's understood a grenade was thrown at a window but the explosion was confined to the outside of the building.

Police say a number of people were inside the bar at the time, but there were no reports of injuries. The building was slightly damaged. The owner of the bar, Francis McNally, is a former Sinn Fein councillor.

Shortly before midnight, the loyalist paramilitary group the Orange Volunteers telephoned a Belfast newsroom, claiming they had carried out attacks on two bars in County Antrim. Nothing was found at a nearby premises. In December the same group claimed a gun and grenade attack on a Catholic family outside Castledawson and an explosion at a GAA club in Magherafelt, also in South Derry.