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Widening investigation into Orgreave

Police forces across the country have been asked to search their archives as part of the widening investigation into the Battle of Orgreave. The IPCC is considering launching a formal inquiry into the actions of South Yorkshire officers during the 1984 miners' strike.

Campaigners and former miners have been protesting outside the watchdog's Yorkshire office today as Matt Price reports.

Search for Orgreave archive

An injured picket is carried away from the line at Orgreave Credit: PA Images

The search for additional information forms part of the IPCC's brief to identify events from Orgreave which can still be investigated.

South Yorkshire Police documents are already being analysed. They are from an archive of 65 boxes thought to contain specific relevant information.

The remaining boxes are understood to contain general information about the miners' strike. However, the documents received do not cover the complete period under consideration but appear to be a snapshot of events.

As a result, the IPCC has widened its search for documentation to cover other police forces, in addition to legal representatives who represented miners in the court cases which followed the events at Orgreave.


Orgreave campaigners' police watchdog protest

Battle of Orgreave
Miners clash with police outside the Orgreave Coking Plant near Rotherham during the miners' strike in 1984. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Campaigners calling for a public inquiry into the battle of Orgeave will protest outside the police watchdog offices in Yorkshire later. It's a year since the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigates police actions during the miners' strike.


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