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Interim South Yorkshire police chief would welcome 'independent assessment' of Orgreave

The Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, says he would welcome an 'an appropriate independent assessment' of Orgreave, in light of the Hillsborough Inquests.

“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.”

– Chief Constable Dave Jones, Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police

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" Battle of Orgreave" campaigners call for public inquiry

Campaigners calling for a full public inquiry into allegations of violent policing at Orgeave during the 1984 Miners Strike will stage demonstration today outside the headquarters of the Independent Police Complainst Commission in London.

Police and miners clash in the Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Orgreave: South Yorkshire police already referred to IPCC

South Yorkshire Police has already referred itself to the Police Complaints Commission over its involvement in the "Battle of Orgreave".

But they say any inquiry would take some time because of how long ago the events took place.

Fighting broke out between miners and police at Orgreave Colliery during the miners' strike in 1984.

Campaign group claim police "falsified" accounts of "Battle of Orgreave"

The scene at the so-called "Battle of Orgreave"

A campaign group which is demanding a public inquiry into how police dealt with miners in Orgreave meets tonight.

The 'Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign' will meet in Rotherham tonight.

The group has accused South Yorkshire Police of falsifying witness statements relating to the so-called Battle of Orgreave during the miners' strike.

The group was set up in December and members claim police falsified official accounts about what happened on the day - when fighting broke out between miners and police at Orgreave Colliery during the miners strike in 1984.