Police chief 'welcomes Orgreave review'


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Thousands of miners and police clashed at the Orgreave coking site near Rotherham in South Yorkshire

An independent review into the “Battle of Orgreave” would be welcomed, South Yorkshire Police has said.

About 10,000 strikers and 5,000 police officers clashed at the coking plant near Rotherham in June 1984.

Former miners’ union president Arthur Scargill called for an inquiry on Wednesday.

Interim Chief Constable Dave Jones said the Hillsborough inquests highlighted the need to “explore the circumstances of such significant events”.

He added it “brought into sharp focus” the importance of understanding and confronting the past.

What was the ‘Battle of Orgreave’?

A redacted version of an IPCC report into police conduct at Orgreave was published last year.

The Yorkshire Post reported the redacted sections showed the same senior officers were involved in both the aftermath of Orgreave and Hillsborough.

The police watchdog said it was now considering whether there were any remaining legal issues preventing full publication of its report.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign group has called on Mr Jones to open up the force’s archives on the clashes.

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