Battle of Orgreave inquiry criticised – on 30th anniversary

The Battle of Orgreave
The Battle of Orgreave
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been criticised over its failure to launch a full inquiry into the actions of police officers at the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ 30 years ago.

It began a ‘scoping exercise’ in April last year to identify matters arising from the events at the Orgreave Coking Plant in 1984, where police officers clashed with miners on strike.

IPCC bosses have not yet announced whether they are to investigate alleged malpractice – angering Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.

She has branded the IPCC unfit for purpose after 18 months of stalling over whether it will investigate misconduct allegations.

The case was first referred to the IPCC in November 2012, when allegations were made the Government had attempted to influence police tactics and officers involved in the events were told what to write in their statements.

She said: “South Yorkshire Police asked the IPCC to look into the allegations. I called on the IPCC to do an inquiry. But since then we have had silence. How on earth can it take them 18 months even to make up their minds whether to look into it or not?

“This isn’t fair on the Orgreave miners, the local community or the police.”