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Police watchdog considers Scargill's conspiracy claims

Arthur Scargill wants the IPCC to investigate claims there was a police conspiracy against him Credit: PA Wire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is "considering" a claim from Arthur Scargill that South Yorkshire Police kept a "conspiracy file" on him.

The former President of the National Union of Mineworkers says his arrest during the infamous 'Battle of Orgreave' in 1984 was pre-planned.

Scargill in Sheffield in 1984 during the height of the national miners' strikes Credit: PA Archive

Mr Scargill claims the decision to arrest him was made "at the very highest level".

Thatcher foe Arthur Scargill reacts to news of her death

Arthur Scargill, one of Margaret Thatcher's greatest domestic foes, has publicly remained silent since her death - but a text message seen by ITV News has revealed his reaction to the news.

Scargill, who led the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984/85 miners strike, exclaimed "SCARGILL ALIVE!" when he received a text that read, "Thatcher's dead".


Arthur Scargill reacts to Thatcher's death: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

One of Margaret Thatcher's biggest domestic conflicts came with powerful union boss Arthur Scargill. He clashed bitterly with her during the 1984/85 miners' strike.

Scargill has managed to avoid media attention since Thatcher's death - but now, for the first time, ITV News can reveal his response.

Arthur Scargill was sent a text message by Ken Capstick, the Treasurer of the Socialist Labour Party which read: "Thatcher Dead". As pictured below, back came this equally short reply from Scargill: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

The response from Arthur Scargill after learning of Margaret Thatcher's death Credit: ITV News

Scargill's ex-wife: Thatcher was an 'evil' woman

Anne Scargill, the former wife of Arthur Scargill who led the miners during strike action, told Daybreak she was "happy" to hear about Margaret Thatcher's death, calling her an "evil" woman.

She said: "[Thatcher] was intent on smashing the trade unions, and in it she smashed the country.

"She called us the enemy within, there were only one enemy within and that were her."