THE INTERIM Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police says he would welcome an independent assessment into the Battle of Orgreave.

Earlier this week, Arthur Scargill called for a public inquiry into Orgreave - one of the most violent clashes of the 1984-5 miners' strike - that involved many miners from Barnsley.

Chief Constable Dave Jones, Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police said: “The Hillsborough Inquests have brought into sharp focus the need to understand and confront the past and give people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.

“I would therefore welcome an appropriate independent assessment of Orgreave accepting that the way in which this is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary.”