Battle of Orgreave: South Yorkshire police chief ‘would welcome new investigation’
The new chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has said he would welcome a new independent investigation into the 1984 Battle of Orgreave after links emerged between the scandal and the Hillsborough disaster five years later.
Home Secretary Theresa May has been coming under increasing pressure to launch a new inquiry into the events at Orgreave, which saw 95 miners arrested at the Orgreave coking plant, near Rotherham, after clashes with police which left 50 people injured.
Backing for Orgreave inquiry demands
CAMPAIGNERS and MPs made fresh demands this week for a public inquiry over the Battle of Orgreave in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests.
The outcome of the two-year hearing into the 1989 football stadium disaster — which concluded that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed and not to blame — sparked renewed calls for further scrutiny of police actions surrounding the coking plant face-off five years earlier.
South Yorkshire Police ‘welcome’ plan for Orgreave inquiry
The new man in charge of South Yorkshire Police has said he would ‘welcome’ an independent inquiry into the events of the Battle of Orgreave.
Interim chief constable Dave Jones said an investigation into the police action at the Orgreave plant during the 1984 miners’ strike should take place – in a format decided by Home Secretary Theresa May.
His comments follow allegations of direct links between the events at Orgreave and the Hillsborough disaster five years later.