Announcement due on progress of Orgreave inquiry decision

An update on whether the Government has decided to hold an inquiry into police actions during the '˜Battle of Orgreave' is to be given tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 4:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:37 pm
Police and pickets at Orgreave

The House of Lords will be given details of the latest position by Home Office spokesman Lord Keen.

It is understood there is ‘unlikely’ to be confirmation of whether an inquiry is to be held, following Theresa May becoming Prime Minister with the position of Home Secretary currently vacant.

Conservative peer Lord Balfe is to ask about the progress on making a decision on whether there will be an independent inquiry.

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Mrs May has been considering a legal submission from Orgreave campaigners since last December.

It follows the IPCC stating last June it would not investigate alleged police misconduct around the miners’ strike - partly because of the ‘passage of time’ that had elapsed.

Ninety-five people were arrested in clashes between picketing miners and police in June 1984.

All cases were abandoned due to unreliable evidence and South Yorkshire Police paid £425,000 in out-of-court settlements to 39 pickets.

The update comes after the IPCC said this week it would not be publishing an unredacted version of its report into the Orgreave decision.

The police watchdog said censored sections of the report contains material relevant to ongoing criminal investigations into the Hillsborough disaster which it did not wish to prejudice.