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Orgreave investigation set to go ahead

Wednesday September 21 2016




AN INVESTIGATION into alleged police brutality against picketing miners at the Battle of Orgreave - including hundreds from Barnsley - is set to go ahead.

The government says it will review the events - that took place during the 1984 miners' strike - but the format is yet to be decided.

Around 6,000 officers, many with riot gear, horses and dogs, are alleged to have used excessive force to suppress a miners' strike at the Orgreave. A total of 95 miners were charged following the clashes, but their trials collapsed.


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Reply Posted by Davieboy on Wednesday September 21 2016 at 10:59
Good news for the people concerned, SYP have a lot to answer for. Let's hope that millions of pounds of taxpayers money will not be spent by SYP trying to wriggle out of it like they did with Hillsborough.

Reply Posted by NCB on Saturday September 24 2016 at 16:55
Yes it's good news,but, they've only waited until those culpable have retired and are now untouchable, exactly the same as the Hillsboro enquiry. Unfortunately for the tax paying public that's how it is now, these people are experts at covering up wrong doings and their replacements are probably still at it. Only when these things are investigated thoroughly at a very early stage and the perpetrators jailed for very long spells will this end.

Reply Posted by CB on Wednesday September 21 2016 at 14:33
This is well overdue
My hubby was a victim. He was actually running away from the trouble and po!ice. He was chased by a mounted police officer and beaten severely with his truncheon.
Although there have been denials the Army was also there.

Reply Posted by Sue on Wednesday September 21 2016 at 16:12
This is good news, let's hope justice is done. SYP under the spot light again and I don't think they'll look good. Behaviour by some officers was shocking.

Reply Posted by NCB on Saturday September 24 2016 at 16:56
And still is Sue ..

Reply Posted by Me, Here, Now on Wednesday September 21 2016 at 18:25
I was 14 when my dad was on strike, and always remember him telling me of a conversation he'd had with a friend while picketing who's son came home from the Army on leave to find a police uniform without ID numbers waiting for him.
Regardless of the enquiry the police will get away with it, but it's been a long time coming so I hope it exposes the illegal practices carried out by the police/army.
It'll be interesting to see how the media report it, because the BBC and Tory rags at the time were totally biased towards Thatcher and did not report the truth.

Reply Posted by patrick on Thursday September 22 2016 at 07:16
No British armed service personnel was involved in the 1984 miners strike at at anytime.

Reply Posted by A on Thursday September 22 2016 at 11:10
I worked with a lady, whose son was a serving in the British Army. She told us she had seen her son on TV at Orgreaves wearing a Policemans uniform, so whose telling lies.Another colleagues son had his head split open by a policeman using his truncheon.

Reply Posted by rjw on Thursday September 22 2016 at 13:15
i saw a police van full of squadies parked up during the strike.

Yes the army were involved

Reply Posted by Annie on Thursday September 22 2016 at 16:07
I hope and pray the truth will come out. Norman Tebbit saying it's history and not enough people are alive to remember it, is all the more reason to want to know the full truth.

Reply Posted by Annie on Thursday September 22 2016 at 16:09
Patrick, there are plenty with good reason to disbelieve you and only time will tell.

Reply Posted by patrick on Thursday September 22 2016 at 22:45
Annie we were soldiers of the Biritish Army if the goverment would have asked us to fight the miners i would have but int my ging thireen combats and my rilfe like we did in northen ireland please stop saying army involved but the enuiry hopefully

Reply Posted by rjw on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 07:22
so you regiment wasnt involved then

Reply Posted by patrick on Thursday September 22 2016 at 20:34
okay you none believers that our armed forces were involved in the 1984 strike go to a tabloid newpaper and ask them to put a reward of lets say £ 200,0000 for there story i was a british soldier wearing a police uniform.I was serving soldier at the time from a mining famiy and from Barnsley

Reply Posted by patrick on Thursday September 22 2016 at 20:34
okay you none believers that our armed forces were involved in the 1984 strike go to a tabloid newpaper and ask them to put a reward of lets say £ 200,0000 for there story i was a british soldier wearing a police uniform.I was serving soldier at the time from a mining famiy and from Barnsley

Reply Posted by Aidan on Thursday September 22 2016 at 22:52
So, SYP in the spotlight again, but instead of them turning a blind eye to rapes and grooming and child molestation or causing the needless death of hundreds of football fans, this time it's for illegal conduct resulting in the death of Barnsley's industry and economy... I hope they get disbanded after this because no sane person would want to live under such tyanny

Reply Posted by John on Thursday September 29 2016 at 16:19
Patrick, I wouldn't advise anyone with that knowledge to try to go to he press in this country for £200,000. The story would be shredded before it ever went public and the person's life would be made a misery. Probably bumped off or sectioned.

Reply Posted by patrick on Thursday September 22 2016 at 23:13
i hope investigation will rule out any involvement with the the armed forces which im sure they will

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday September 23 2016 at 13:39
It took 27 years to establish the fact that the official version of the events leading up to the hillsbrough tragedy was a pack of lies.The allegations,and evidence,of disgusting and disgraceful crimes by wealthy and well connected paedophiles is brushed under the carpet.When the world's financial system was on the brink of collapse "we" had to bail it out at enormous cost to the poorest while the real perpetrators got off scot free.The ruling elite never accept any blame or responsibility.It is possible that an enquiry into what happened at Orgreave will reveal the truth but don't hold your breath.

Reply Posted by Sue on Friday September 23 2016 at 19:57
At the time of the miners strike a very close friend of mine lived in Sheffield but had to go to her London office once a week.
She used to set off early morning, one morning she thought she saw Army trucks parked up just outside Sheffield before she got on the M1.
She drove back to get a closer look. A police car approached as she drove up to the Army trucks, they told her in no uncertain terms to drive off, she asked them why the Army were there, they said you've seen nothing now go. Her employer later told her that the police had been in touch asking questions about her.
This is not proof that the Army were involved but it makes you think, I know what conclusion I came to.

Reply Posted by steve on Saturday September 24 2016 at 09:45
Nice to read in this morning press Scargill has transferred the ownership of his £600,000 home in Yorkshire into his Daughters name so he could claim the £2,000,000 Barbican flat in London is his main and only residence and buy it under Thatcher complete right to buy scheme for only £1,000,000,WHAT DID THE MINERS INHERIT FROM THE STRIKE

Reply Posted by NCB on Saturday September 24 2016 at 16:50
Calm down Steve, you'd do the same yourself given the opportunity. And you know it .. you're only kidding yourself !

Reply Posted by steve on Sunday September 25 2016 at 20:10
Aye i would but i lost my job in the pit after the strike,then lost my home,my wife left me my eldest son drug overdosed,if the pits were open today things could have turned out so much better for my family,my son maybe he could have worked a 3 shift system instead of being bored and turning to drugs and booze,buts its nice to Arthur ticking along,Monday tomorrow food bank day,

Reply Posted by NCB on Monday September 26 2016 at 10:39
Loads of people lost their jobs pal, including in the steel industry, lots are still recovering from it, you can't blame all your ills ( if they're all true ) on Scargill, sounds to me that your problems begin a lot closer to home, the vast majority of people have moved on and are living decent lives. You weren't owed a living ! you have to go out and earn it, might do well to mention that to your loser of a son .

Reply Posted by Orgreave Enquiry on Monday September 26 2016 at 14:41
if the pits were open today a lot of people would be in work and families would be together.
Scargill didn't close the pits, the vindictive Tories did.
Let's get this enquiry properly underway.
'Know thine enemy.'

Reply Posted by NCB on Monday September 26 2016 at 15:12
I don't get what you're talking about. So did losing their jobs lead to everyone's family breaking up ? Why do you keep talking about families not being together. Surely you're not that shallow to believe that.
P.S you can still use your original pseudonym steve.

Reply Posted by Annie on Monday September 26 2016 at 15:18
I am sorry for all of your losses, Steve, I really am. But how old was your son who overdosed when you lost your job 30 years ago? Was he a small child then? If so he had the rest of his life ahead of him. Working a 3 shift system is not the only way to avoid being bored and turning to drugs, did he ever show any interest in hard manual work and shift work? Or college? a lot of families broke up during the strike, it is true, but a lot did not and came through sadder, wiser but stronger.

Reply Posted by Shirley on Saturday September 24 2016 at 19:08
Police always ******** never will alter

Reply Posted by Orgreave Enquiry on Monday September 26 2016 at 14:43
@ Shirley

Sadly, true.

Reply Posted by ??? on Sunday September 25 2016 at 16:47
The house that the said person lives in belongs to his daughter margaret. Always has done.

Reply Posted by fred on Sunday September 25 2016 at 20:15
No its the house he bought after after he and Margaret split up,she still lives in that mansion


Reply Posted by Orgreave Enquiry on Monday September 26 2016 at 14:31
@ Fred
What has this tittle tattle got to do with the Orgreave Enquiry into police brutality at Orgreave?

Reply Posted by ???? on Sunday September 25 2016 at 20:31
His ex wife lives in an apartment on Barnsley Rd Dodwoth, just b4 Holiday Inn. He lives in a house on Hound Hill that belongs to his daughter Margaret. He shops at Rob Royd farm shop. He was getting into his car ( 4x4) the other day as we drove past his house.

Reply Posted by Haha on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 16:28
Earth shattering news! Why on earth is M16 recruiting more operatives when there's you.

Reply Posted by norm on Monday September 26 2016 at 13:07
Mr Scargill appears to have done very well out of his career in the mining industry, what with his property at Hound Hill and the flat at the Barbican. I recall there were questions asked when he acquired the Hound Hill property during the strike.

Reply Posted by Orgreave Enquiry on Monday September 26 2016 at 14:33
@norm
What had this tittle tattle got to do with the enquiry into police brutality at Orgreave?

Reply Posted by scooby on Monday September 26 2016 at 13:11
will never trust syp again will never ask for anything off them most untrustworthy set of incompetent idiots

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday September 26 2016 at 20:01
Regardless of the result of this enquiry people will still believe what they want to believe,Wether they Maggie destroyed the world, or the ex miners need to move on and live their lives not in the past. How much is this all going to cost? Where is the money coming from ? What will have to be sacrificed to pay for it ?


Reply Posted by Justice on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 11:19
People do change their views in the light of the truth being exposed, although some continue to 'believe what they want to believe' eg believing that the holocaust never happened, that the Hillsborough tragedy was caused by drunken fans, that Stephen Lawrence was killed in a gang feud. Why are you worrying about what it's going to cost, nobody will be asking you to chip in, but our taxes pay for the corrupt police force in question.

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 21:44
We should all care about where the money is from ? There is no bottomless pit, for every £ spend on this enquiry £ will be cut from somewhere else !

Reply Posted by John on Thursday September 29 2016 at 16:23
If our money paid for the police on massive overtime to intimidate striking miners then our money should go towards paying for the enquiry into any police brutality.

Reply Posted by Stefff on Monday September 26 2016 at 20:42
Would someone Ask Arther Scargill where the money came from to buy his Jag & his daughter a car in the miners strike . It was paid for with a Brazilian bank account cheque . It's nice for him to fill his pockets & his daughters .

Reply Posted by Know thine enemy on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 12:28
@ Steffi
if you are that interested why don't you ask Arthur Scargill how he managed to buy a car and his daughter bought a car too.....shock, horror...a car??!!

While you are at it, have a look at the published info on mining billionaires including Alexander Abramov ( Russia ) and Andrew Forrest ( USA ). They are mine owners and we buy coal from them. They could buy every former miner in the UK 2 houses and 2 cars and not notice it.

Reply Posted by Steff on Monday September 26 2016 at 21:19
Stuart Spacey Lecturer @ Barnsley Mining College in the Conference room in "1974 "said to us " I'm telling you what I've told Joe Gormley your union leader Arthur Scargill & others from the union. coal is not wanted anymore because of the burning of Fossil fuels .Joe Retired & in 1979-80 Arthur Scargill became President & Had a ballot on 1981/2, Passed for industrial action . Why didn't he negotiate anything for the miners ? The man has filled his pockets well since 'tha nos' he lad he has !

Reply Posted by Annie on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 11:56
Steffi, Stuart Spacey was wrong though, wasn't he, if he said '....coal is not wanted anymore because of the burning of fossil fuels' We still use coal to power nearly half of our electricity but now, of course, we get this from Russia, America and elsewhere, making individual mine owners wealthy beyond belief. The 'price of coal' used to be the cost to individual families and communities, now the price is potential blackmail from overseas, as Russia could move coal supplies east instead of west if they wanted to do so, then what? Are we any 'greener' as a nation? Today the World Health Organisation has ranked the UK as 25th in the world for deaths linked to dirty air.

Reply Posted by Reg on Monday September 26 2016 at 21:32
South Yorkshire Police must Pay Compensation to miners beaten by them , Everyone knows there were Serving soldiers on those Police lines . I know of one . I saw A Union man I know throwing House bricks at the Police line & it hit one . That's what it was like . Who's to blame for all this mi owd luv ?

Reply Posted by Young un on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 21:59
What miners strike?

Reply Posted by jacqui Butterworth on Sunday October 2 2016 at 15:48
I saw reports on BBC 6pm news that was untrue