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Police officers injured during violent clashes on the streets of Belfast following Orange Order parade

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  • Trouble flared when crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police following peaceful march
  • Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning BMW driven at officers
  • Water cannon vehicles were used by police and one non-lethal baton round fired

By Anthony Bond

PUBLISHED: 19:59 EST, 12 July 2012 | UPDATED: 19:59 EST, 12 July 2012

Violent clashes took place on the streets of Belfast last night following an Orange Order parade which resulted in a number of police officers being left injured.

The loyal order march through the Ardoyne sectarian interface was peaceful but trouble flared nearby with crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police.

Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning silver BMW driven at officers in the residential neighbourhood of red-brick terraced houses.

Worrying: Violent clashes took place on the streets of Belfast last night following an Orange Order parade which resulted in a number of police officers being left injured

Worrying: Violent clashes took place on the streets of Belfast last night following an Orange Order parade which resulted in a number of police officers being left injured

Confrontation: The loyal order march through the Ardoyne sectarian interface was peaceful but trouble flared nearby with crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police

Confrontation: The loyal order march through the Ardoyne sectarian interface was peaceful but trouble flared nearby with crowds of several hundred confronting lines of riot police

Trouble: Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning silver BMW was driven at officers

Trouble: Fireworks, petrol bombs, stones, bricks and bottles were hurled at police lines and a burning silver BMW was driven at officers

A republican march through the same area shortly afterwards prompted an exchange of missiles between loyalists and nationalists.

Water cannon vehicles were used extensively and one non-lethal baton round fired. In total, four police officers were left injured following the clashes.

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Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: ‘Unfortunately, police are now dealing with significant disorder in the Brompton Park and Balhom Road area.

‘Water cannon has again been deployed and four officers have been injured. Their injuries are not believed to be life- threatening.

‘I am urging all individuals and communities affected to respond to developing events in a calm and responsible manner. Violence has serious and unwanted consequences for us all and we will robustly investigate all incidents of disorder.’

Other Orange parades across Northern Ireland passed peacefully.

Violence: This image shows the huge police presence during the disturbances

Violence: This image shows the huge police presence during the disturbances

Anger: A youth throws a brick over a burning car towards police officers

Anger: A youth throws a brick over a burning car towards police officers

Difficult night: Water cannon vehicles were used extensively and one non-lethal baton round fired. In total, four police officers were left injured following the clashes

Difficult night: Water cannon vehicles were used extensively and one non-lethal baton round fired. In total, four police officers were left injured following the clashes

A token parade by around 15 Orangemen through Ardoyne passed in silence just before 4pm. A residents’ protest supported by Sinn Fein was peaceful.

Democratic Unionist MP Nigel Dodds said the second march by nationalists was linked to dissident republicans.

He criticised the Parades Commission’s decision to allow the republican parade.

‘The Parades Commission pandered to this outfit. They are incapable of reaching a resolution because they only want violence, they don’t want settlement, they just want to derail the peace process,’ he said.

Tussle: Police officers can be seen grabbing hold of a rioter

Tussle: Police officers can be seen grabbing hold of a rioter

Held: The man is detained by police officers

Held: The man is detained by police officers

Fury: Masked youths can be seen throwing objects at the police as the water cannon tried to disperse them

Fury: Masked youths can be seen throwing objects at the police as the water cannon tried to disperse them

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Police appealed for calm in the area.

The Protestant Orange Order is marking the Twelfth of July culmination of its summer marching season, with many parades across the region. It celebrates the victory of Protestant King William over Catholic King James.

Ardoyne has been the scene for trouble on this date for many years and has become a byword for inter-communal strife on that date, despite most people from the area disagreeing with violence.

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