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Scargill calls for investigation of Orgreave arrest

Issue No. 2381

Police attacked the miners at Orgreave

Police attacked the miners at Orgreave (Pic: John Sturrock)


Arthur Scargill has called on the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate his arrest in May 1984. 

Scargill was leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) during the miners’ strike from 1984 to 1985. He was arrested at a picket of Orgreave coking plant.

Scargill was later charged, found guilty of obstruction and fined £250. He says that he has evidence of a conspiracy by police in connection with his arrest. On 18 June 1984 police launched a brutal assault on a mass picket of over 5,000 miners outside the Orgreave plant. 

The IPCC is currently looking into police action at the Battle of Orgreave. It had to apologise for delays in the investigation after the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign protested outside the IPCC’s Wakefield offices earlier this month. 


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