IPCC shares Orgeave investigation ruling with ‘interested parties’

A picket walks in front of police lines at Orgreave
A picket walks in front of police lines at Orgreave

Interested parties have been informed whether there will be a full investigation into the infamous Battle of Orgreave - but the ruling is still being kept from the public.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission made a decision about an investigation in January, but have been keeping the ruling secret for legal reasons.

It is believed a delay on the announcement is related to ensuring it does not prejudice the ongoing Hillsborough inquests, which also involve South Yorkshire Police.

The IPCC say they have now told some of the interested parties of their decision ‘on a strictly confidential basis’.

A spokesman said: “In January the IPCC completed the assessment of matters arising from the policing of events at Orgreave in 1984 and made decisions on whether any matters should be investigated.

“The decisions follow careful consideration of many thousands of pages of documents, film and photographic material which have been found and obtained by the IPCC over the last two years, including important documents uncovered in material provided from South Yorkshire Police in December 2014.

“The decision and rationale documents have been shared on a strictly confidential basis with some interested parties, including a complainant, and we are awaiting a response from others to the offer to read the documents. We have also advised them that we have decided not to publish at this time and our reasons for that decision. We will publish the decision and the supporting rationale as soon as we can.”

Ninety-five miners were arrested at Orgreave coking plant on June 18, 1984, after clashes with police during the national Miners’ Strike.

When the cases came to court, all were abandoned when it became clear that evidence provided by police was unreliable. South Yorkshire Police later paid £425,000 in compensation to 39 pickets.