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Police to be investigated over miners' strike

Police pushing against a section of the miners' picket outside the Orgreave Coking Plant near Rotheram in 1984. Credit: PA

South Yorkshire Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following media reports about the way the force handled the 1984-85 miners' strike in Orgreave.

The force, which said it will cooperate fully with the IPCC, said it anticipates that the body "may take some time to consider fully whether any investigation is required and if so any terms of reference."