Orgreave campaigners urge public inquiry into policing of miners' strike

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Campaigners are to step up calls on the Government to set up a public inquiry into policing of the miners' strike 34 years ago.

Members of the Orgreave Trust and Justice Campaign (OTJC) will hand in a letter to the Home Office in London today (6 March) pressing for action.

It will be the second anniversary of a decision by former Home Secretary Amber Rudd against holding an inquiry into events at Orgreave in South Yorkshire in June 1984.

In what became known as the Battle of Orgreave, 95 mineworkers were arrested, although never convicted, and a number were injured after clashes with the police.

Campaigners claim police officers violently attacked mineworkers taking part in a demonstration outside a coking plant at Orgreave.

Kate Flannery, secretary of the OTJC, said:

She said that some documents that had been released highlighted "active Government involvement" in the miners' strike, adding:

Former mineworker Kevin Horne, one of those arrested at Orgreave, said the Government was "frightened to unearth the truth", adding: