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In Pictures: Ardoyne residents turn out in hundreds to protest against rioting

Published 16/07/2010

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Ardoyne resident Eddie Copeland speaking with Gerry Kelly - Ardoyne residents gather to protest about the recent rioting in the area
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Fr Gary Donegan speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition against those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Ardoyne residents attend a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition to those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
The SDLP's Alban Magennis speaks to residents in Ardoyne during a rally at Brompton Park to highlight opposition to those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly and SDLP's Alban Magennis at last night's rally at Brompton Park in Ardoyne attended by local residents calling for an end to rioting in the area
Ardoyne resident Eddie Copeland speaking with police last night - Ardoyne residents gather to protest about the recent rioting in the area
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly arrives at a rally in Ardoyne to highlight opposition to those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights July 2010
Ardoyne resident Eddie Copeland speaking with police last night - Ardoyne residents gather to protest about the recent rioting in the area July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly (left) and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between a local woman and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths set fire to a Union flag and a loyalist UVF flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein's Bobby Storey and a masked youth at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths with an Irish tricolour flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting in the area July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
A PSNI water-cannon puts out a fire on the roof of a pub during last night's disturbances in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
A young boy stands with his face covered by a hoodiie in front of a burning hijacked car as police come under petrol bomb attack in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2010. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Belfast.The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm.
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
A stolen car explodes as police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Trouble in Ardoyne following the Orange Order parade in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Disturbances at Belfast's Ardoyne interface. July 12, 210
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A plastic bullet is fired (right side of the photo) as police clash with youths before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
The scene at the Ardoyne interface as the Orange Order march through the area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A police officer is brought to hosiptal after being injured during rioting at ARdoyne in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange parade passes through the flashpoint area
Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Police accompany the parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast
A PSNI landrover is attacked in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Police and nationalist protesters after an Orange Order march in north Belfast
Annual 12th July Orange Order parades take place across Northern Ireland to mark The Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Local residents at Ardoyne in north Belfast hold a peaceful protest as local lodges make their way past the Ardoyne shops to the main parade. The feeder parade makes it's way down the Crumlin Road and past the Ardoyne shops with nationalist residents holding a protest.
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Sandy Row, Belfast
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The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast

Hundreds of Ardoyne residents held a demonstration in the area last night to voice their opposition to the recent rioting.

More than 80 officers have been injured in the trouble across Northern Ireland since the Twelfth, but the most serious disturbances have been witnessed at the notorious Ardoyne shops interface in the north of the capital.

Among those who addressed the crowd was Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly.

He said the vast majority of local people did not want the violence and that many of the perpetrators were not even from the area.

At least 200 suspects are being hunted by detectives investigating the disturbances in north Belfast.

A dedicated public order team is trawling through 100 hours of CCTV recordings and 1,000 still camera shots in a bid to identify the hooligans responsible for launching wave upon wave of brutal attacks on police.

Fourteen people have been arrested in Belfast, but only two in connection with the Ardoyne clashes, and police have faced criticism for not detaining more rioters during the disorder.

Children as young as eight were among the gangs targeting police lines with gunfire, petrol bombs, blast bombs, bricks and bottles.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little, the commander heading the Ardoyne investigation, pledged today there will be further arrests but warned that it could take months before all those responsible are tracked down.

"There appears to be a misperception among some people that we should be arresting people at the height of a public order situation," he said.

"Some arrests were made on the day, however, it is not always possible to do this for a variety of reasons.

"Some of the footage already released shows clearly the extremely difficult circumstances the officers involved had to face. While making arrests is one of our key priorities, keeping officers and the community safe in the middle of a public order situation has to take precedence.

"It is my job to ensure that where live arrests are not possible the evidence is gathered in such a way that we can present the strongest possible case in court.

"Judge us against our actions. There will be significant arrests. Anybody who was out rioting in the past few nights should be aware that we may come knocking on their door and arresting them."

He added: "To build a proper case against some people it may take months, I may be lucky and get them identified within a matter of weeks."

Mr Little revealed that residents from the Ardoyne had provided the police mobile phone video footage they had taken of the riots to help the investigation.

Detectives are also examining video sharing and social networking sites to see if the rioters or their friends have unwittingly posted evidence that could incriminate them.

The senior officer said he estimated that a hard core of 150 to 200 were involved in the Ardoyne rioting at its height on Monday night.

Specialist teams in other districts of the city and elsewhere in Northern Ireland will be undertaking similar investigations to catch the rioters in their areas.

Mr Little is also investigating disorder in North Queen Street in the north of the city on Sunday night when three officers were shot with shotgun pellets. Two people were arrested this morning in connection with this attempted murder bid.

Another 10 arrests have been made by officers in south and east Belfast. Of those, seven related to riotous behaviour in the Ormeau Road and three to incidents in the Albertbridge Road, including an attempted murder when a petrol bomb was thrown into a car.

As well as the arrests in the north, Mr Little said significant seizures had been made during house searches, including a coffee jar bomb packed with nails.

"Just as with the disorder at Whiterock (in Belfast) five years ago, where we brought numerous people before the courts, detectives will gather, examine and act upon all the available evidence," he added.

"That evidence includes CCTV footage, photographs, forensic evidence and area searches. Everything I can do to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice will be done.

"At the moment there is approx 100 hours of video footage and over 1,000 photographs from my evidence gathering teams alone.

"In addition to this, I have already started the process of securing evidence from numerous other sources such as the internet and other media."

Mr Little appealed to everybody in the community to come forward and assist detectives with the investigation.

"We are everybody's police service - no right-thinking person wants to see their police service exposed to these levels of violence," he said.

"The public know who these people are - there is an onus on them to isolate these individuals and help us bring them before the courts. It is unacceptable that police and communities have to endure this annual event of recreational rioting - and of sinister elements hiding behind children. These people use our local children as 'sandbags'.

"I would appeal to parents - please get your children off the street, for their own safety. Those hiding behind them in the shadows are not the ones with the petrol bombs in their hands. And they are not the ones ending up with criminal records which could seriously affect that young person's future."

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