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Twelfth 2015: The moment a policeman's ear is severed by masonry during Belfast riot

By Claire Cromie

Published 14/07/2015

A senior police officer was hit by a lump of masonry that
A senior police officer was hit by a lump of masonry that "effectively severed his ear" as trouble flared on Woodvale Road, north Belfast. Pic Bill Smyth
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police clash with bystanders after a car is driven into a crowd outside Ardoyne shops, trapping a girl underneath the car in north Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 2015. The driver of the car was arrested as tensions run high in the area with Orangemen banned from marching past the Ardoyne shops. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and throws a set of step ladders at police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and taunts police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Nationalists jostle with police officers after an alleged loyalist car drove over a young girl trapping her underneath as it reveresed at high speed on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A loyalist dances on top of PSNI land droves after they broke through the barriers which had be put in place. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Residents board up their houses after loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade DUB Councillor Brian Kinston tries to restore order as police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Orange Order members by barricades ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Heavy police presence in north Belfast ahead of return parade Pic Deborah McAleese @DeborahMcAleese
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nelson McCausland at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a police office asleep in the back of a jeep at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott /Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nigel Dodds at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester sheltering from the rain at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Police officers escorting members of the Ardoyne community to Brompton park at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Twaddell residents at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.

This is the moment a senior police officer had his ear severed during last night's riot in north Belfast.

The inspector was one of 24 PSNI officers injured when violence erupted at the sectarian interface on Woodvale Road.

He was due to undergo surgery today to reattach his ear - which can be seen hanging off in this horrific picture as his colleagues pull him to safety.

He was hit with a lump of masonry as rioters threw missiles at police lines.

The violence kicked off when police stopped the return leg of the Twelfth of July parade.

The parade was barred from marching along a stretch of the Crumlin Road which separates unionist and nationalist communities - the third year in a row the Parades Commission has refused permission for the return route.

Police fired five plastic bullets and four are believed to have struck people. A water cannon was used to try and control the crowds.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, ACC Stephen Martin said another officer almost had his finger bitten off, but was luckily wearing motorcycle gloves. The officer needed 12 stitches.

Seven men and two women were arrested during the trouble.

One man is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenage girl was struck and became trapped underneath a car amid the chaos.

Police officers had to lift the vehicle onto its side to free the teenager, who is believed to be undergoing surgery today for a shattered pelvis.

Another woman and police officers were also hit by the vehicle in an area tightly packed with nationalist demonstrators.

ACC Martin said: "I would want to pay tribute to the officers who were under my leadership yesterday. They did a professional and brave job.

"At one stage they were in the middle of three opposing factions. They did their duty with courage and professionalism and the humanity of policing was shown very strongly when ... they manhandled that car up on its end so that that young girl could be rescued."

He said another woman hurt in the collision suffered a suspected fractured wrist.

"We had hoped for more effective marshalling of the parades yesterday. There was marshalling that occurred last year in north Belfast that did not occur this year in north Belfast, that is regrettable."

ACC Martin said the violence was not orchestrated by paramilitaries and blamed young people exploiting the tense situation.

He noted efforts by loyalist and republican community leaders to defuse tensions.

Police are gathering evidence about the wider rioting as well as breaches of determinations designed to govern Orange Order marches, both allegedly while demonstrators paraded close to Catholic churches in north and east Belfast.

Further reading:

New loyalist terror group issues death threat to PSNI and Parades Commission as 'legitimate targets'

Twelfth 2015: DUP leaders condemn north Belfast rioters  

Twelfth 2015: Man arrested over attempted murder after girl hit by car at Ardoyne riot

Twelfth violence: Petrol bombs thrown at police in Derry as Orangemen are attacked by youths  

Twelfth 2015: Clean-up operation in north Belfast after disorder

The inevitable violence at Ardoyne: stop blaming others and sort it out

Twelfth 2015: Smiles and aching feet as 100,000 defy rain

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