Durham County Council calls for Orgreave inquiry

The Battle of Orgreave took place in the 1980s Credit: PA

Durham County Council has called for a full public inquiry into the policing of picket lines outside the Orgreave coking plant in 1984.

There are growing calls for the home secretary to launch an investigation into South Yorkshire officers' confrontation with striking miners - the negative effects of which, councillors say, were felt by workers and their families in the North East.

Now the authority has unanimously passed a resolution recognising the events of that day as "of both local and national importance," asking for a review of what happened.

During the confrontation dozens of arrests were made but, when 95 miners, including four from Durham, were prosecuted, their trials collapsed due to concerns over the evidence against them.

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