Orgreave file hunt widens

Cindy Butts who is the IPCC Commissioner for Yorkshire.

Cindy Butts who is the IPCC Commissioner for Yorkshire.

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The police watchdog has asked every force in the country to look through its archives for material relating to the 1984 Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire.

Cindy Butts, of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said the 65 boxes of information passed to it by South Yorkshire Police relating to clashes between officers and striking miners was ‘insufficient’ to make a decision over whether to launch a full investigation.

Television footage showed miners in the 1984-5 strike being beaten with truncheons by police, and a year later 95 miners, who were prosecuted for alleged rioting and unlawful assembly, were all acquitted.

Since last November, IPCC officials have been looking through more than 65,000 documents relating to clashes but have yet to come to a decision about whether a full investigation should be launched into alleged collusion between officers.

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