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In Pictures: Baton rounds fired in fourth night of Ardoyne violence

Published 15/07/2010 | 05:15

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 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
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast

Violence again broke out on the streets of north Belfast last night with police firing baton rounds in an attempt to disperse rioters.

It is the fourth consecutive evening of skirmishes in the Ardoyne area involving rival groups of nationalist and unionist youths and the police as they tried to intervene.

Golf balls were thrown from the Loyalist Twadell Avenue area towards Brompton Park at the top of Crumlin Road and petrol bombs and stones were lobbed at police shortly after 10pm.

Earlier on Wednesday, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness insisted the peaceful majority would defeat the extremists.

"It is quite clear that there are groups out there who are committed to try to plunge our society back into conflict," Mr McGuinness said after he and Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson met the region's police chief.

"One thing is absolutely certain - they will not succeed. They will not succeed because we are determined to stand together and use all our resources to ensure that they do not achieve their worst aim and I think as we go forward we go forward in unity."

The Sinn Fein MP's comments came as Prime Minister David Cameron branded the rioters' actions "completely unacceptable" and paid tribute to the "restraint" and bravery shown by the police.

Officers have come under sustained attack from republicans at flashpoints across Northern Ireland in the past 72 hours as tensions surrounding the Protestant July 12 commemorations erupted into violence and disorder.

The most serious trouble was witnessed after a contentious Orange march passed the notorious Ardoyne interface in north Belfast, when hundreds of rioters fired petrol bombs, blast bombs, bricks and bottles at police lines.

One policewoman sustained head injuries when she was knocked to the ground with a breeze block thrown from a roof top.

Shots have also been fired at police in south Belfast - leaving three officers with shotgun pellet wounds - and in Londonderry.

Police CCTV images from Ardoyne showed that most of the rioters were teenagers and in some cases young children.

Commanders believe sinister elements with dissident republicans were orchestrating and fomenting the violence, using the children as cannon fodder and human shields.

After the meeting with chief constable Matt Baggott at Stormont Castle, First Minister Mr Robinson said the powersharing executive was committed to doing all it could to address the situation.

"We have made it very clear to the chief constable that this administration is determined to move our society forward," he said.

"Of course along the route we are going to see issues that occur where we have disappointments about what has occurred.

"We are particularly disappointed when we see young people involved and the baton of hatred being handed on to another generation."

The Democratic Unionist leader also denied there was a rift between Stormont ministers and the police in the wake of a spat he had with a senior police commander.

Assistant chief constable Alistair Finlay yesterday singled out Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness when questioning whether politicians had done enough to try to prevent violence around the summer marching season.

In response, Mr Robinson branded Mr Finlay's remarks "unhelpful and unacceptable".

Today he struck a more conciliatory note.

"We have nothing but the highest admiration for the way the police have coped with the most difficult of circumstances over the last couple of days and we again call on our whole community to stand beside the police at this time and every time," he said.

Flanked by the First and Deputy First Ministers, Mr Baggott also moved to dispel any suggestion of a fall out.

"I have never had a rift with my colleagues standing to the left and right of me here," he said.

"We are absolutely determined that we will make progress and do the right things."

While the police have pledged to identify and round up the perpetrators, the surveillance images released showing officers holding the line in the face of wave after wave of attack have prompted questions as to why more concerted attempts to arrest the rioters were not made at the time.

But Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland today defended the tactics.

"The reality is that if we advance with snatch squads there are sinister elements ... in the crowd who would happily want to draw the police into side streets and back alleys, for the simple reason to launch more serious attacks against them - gun and blast bomb attacks against them," he told BBC Radio Ulster.

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