Battle of Orgreave: more unreleased police files uncovered


Police Shieldsource: The Guardian
published: 1 March 2018

Unreleased files about the Battle of Orgreave from five police forces, including a contemporaneous report by a chief constable on the policing of the miner’s strike, have been uncovered by the Commons home affairs committee.

The new files follow the recent identification of nearly 800 unreleased South Yorkshire police files that were not considered when the home secretary, Amber Rudd, ruled out an independent public inquiry.

Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Commons home affairs committee, has written to Rudd asking that an urgent independent “review and publish” process is set up for the newly discovered files to determine which should be made public. She says it should not be left to the individual police forces to decide.

The latest material includes files from the Merseyside, Metropolitan, Norfolk, Northumbria and West Yorkshire police forces, including reports from senior “liaison” officers for units deployed at Orgreave. They also include injury reports from officers, informal photos, a “response to a national debrief” and plaques, miners’ lamps and tallies. At least two Met police files have been identified as containing information relating to Orgreave.

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