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Orgreave campaigners rally ahead of Amber Rudd meeting

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham joined campaigners. Credit: PA

Campaigners who want a public inquiry into the "brutality of policing" at the 1984 Orgreave miners' picket have staged a demonstration in London ahead of a meeting with Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

They were joined by Jeremy Corbyn, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham, and veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner, who said an inquiry would reveal that "what we suspected at the time is true".

A spokesman for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) said they hope meeting Rudd would "reinforce the case for a public inquiry into the brutality of the policing of pickets".

Margaret Aspinall, whose son died at Hillsborough, said: "If the truth about Orgreave had come out right away I don't believe Hillsborough would have happened."


Hillsborough: New South Yorks police chief appointed

Dave Jones joined South Yorkshire Police from North Yorkshire Police Credit: PA

A new interim chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has been appointed in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster inquest findings.

Dave Jones - the current chief constable of North Yorkshire - was appointed to run the force on a temporary basis, South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner Alan Billings has announced.

Dr Billings suspended the current chief constable David Crompton following the outcome of Hillsborough inquests last week, where a jury ruled the 96 victims of the stadium crush were "unlawfully killed".

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'No suspicious circumstances' surround 7-year-old's death

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 7-year-old Barnsley boy Conley Thompson, police have said following a post-mortem.

Police said they would now focus on how Thompson accessed the construction site where he slipped into a pipe and died.

The results of the post mortem suggest that Conley had, by some means, entered a vertical pipe on a nearby construction site and was unable to get out.

Conley's weight caused him to fall further into the pipe and pushed his clothing up around his body restricting his breathing.

There is no suggestion of any third party involvement.

Our job is to now piece together Conley's movements on Sunday evening and establish how he accessed the construction site.

Forming part of that investigation we will continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive and our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Conley at this extremely difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, the Senior Investigating officer
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