Orgreave: Former miner ‘emotional’ as he recalls arrest

Miners Strike 1984'Orgreave Coking Plant'Police with riot gear move pickets - 18 June 1984

Miners Strike 1984'Orgreave Coking Plant'Police with riot gear move pickets - 18 June 1984

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An ex-miner arrested at the Battle of Orgreave has described how he feared for his life as violence broke out with police.

Kevin Horne, aged 64, from Mexborough, was among more than 90 people detained on Monday, June 18, 1984 during the miners’ strike before his case was dropped 14 months later.

He said: “It was a strange day. There was an atmosphere of doom for some reason.

“When we saw the size of the police presence, we were all very frightened.

“When the horses charged, we were running for our lives. It was a frightening experience.

“I had experienced being chased by police horses and dogs before, but this was something different. I was black and blue with cuts and bruises.

“I was locked up all day and not released until after midnight when there was no public transport and my three sons were in bed.

“I think the police and government had decided that would be the last day of the strike.”

Mr Horne said he still found it ‘emotional’ recalling the events of that day.

He said: “First aid was being given to people with broken legs. People were unconscious. That’s the emotional bit. We had to bandage people with our T-shirts.”

Campaigners have called for a ‘Hillsborough-style inquiry’ into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of events at Orgreave after the police watchdog announced it would not investigate alleged misconduct by officers.

The force faced claims that officers used ‘excessive force’ against picketing miners, manipulated statements and gave false evidence in court.

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