Home Secretary considering public enquiry into Orgreave clashes

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is considering an inquiry into police actions in the so-called 'Battle of Orgreave' during the miners' strike in the 1984.

Chris Peace and Mike McColgan from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) delivered an 86-page dossier they say will hopefully lead to a full investigation into the clashes between police and miners which lead to 95 arrests.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission recently ruled that too much time had passed since the events had taken place for an investigation.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign deliver their submission to the Home Secretary Credit: ITV News

However; the IPCC did accept that many officers had been 'excessively violent', and that there was evidence some had committed perjury when cases later appeared before a court.

Kevin Horne, who was one of the miners arrested says he remains bitter about the events on 1984, as his case never made it to court.

The OTJC dossier is calling for a panel hearing - similar to those currently taking place in Warrington investigating the Hillsborough Disaster - or a full public inquiry.

Police in anti-riot gear escort picketers away from their position near the Orgreave Coking Plant near Rotherham. Credit: Press Association

South Yorkshire Police said they were aware of the campaign for a public enquiry, but added that it would be a matter for the Home Secretary to address.

A statement from the Theresa May's office read:

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