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ORANGE MARCH SPARKS BATTLE

Police in the North came under attack for the second consecutive night as violence flared following Orange Order parades in Belfast.

Petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks were hurled at officers and cars were set alight in the city's Ardoyne area, which has a history of sectarian clashes.

Police in riot gear fired baton rounds and water cannons at crowds of around 200 after their lines came under attack from masked youths.

Some officers were set alight briefly when hit by petrol bombs and targeted by lasers, while a local photographer was hit by a baton round, the PSNI said. Several officers were also injured and vehicles hijacked.

The rioting followed a nationalist protest march held to coincide with a loyal order parade through the residential sectarian area to mark the Twelfth commemorations.

Trouble also spread to other parts of Belfast with disturbances in the Stewart Street area.

Police said calm was restored to the area during the early hours of this morning.

Away from Belfast, Londonderry, Armagh City and Ballymena, Co Antrim, also experienced public disorder. There were also disturbances in Newry, Co Down, when youths threw stones and set tyres on fire.

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