South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable welcomes review into Battle of Orgreave

South Yorkshire's stand-in Chief Constable has given his support for an independent review into the Battle of Orgreave.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2016, 12:01 pm

Chf Con Dave Jones said the format of the ‘independent assessment’ should be for Home Secretary Theresa May to decide.

Earlier this week Arthur Scargill, former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, called for a full public review of what happened on the day miners and police officers clashed at the former coking plant in Orgreave in 1984 and allegations that there was a police cover-up afterwards.

Members of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign this week called for South Yorkshire Police’s archives on Orgreave to be made public.

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And the Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it is considering whether an unredacted copy of a report it carried out into allegations police officers colluded to write court statements relating to Orgreave should be made public.

It is reported that the same senior police officers and solicitor were involved in both the aftermath of the Battle of Orgreave and the Hillsborough Disaster.

Chf Con Jones said today: “The Hillsborough Inquests have brought into sharp focus the need to understand and confront the past and give people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.

“I would therefore welcome an appropriate independent assessment of Orgreave accepting that the way in which this is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary.”