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Same cops involved in Orgreave and Hillsborough are named

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2504

A South Yorkshire Police station in Rotherham

A South Yorkshire Police station in Rotherham (Pic: Socialist Worker)


The senior police officers and solicitor involved in South Yorkshire Police’s (SYP) response to the Hillsborough disaster and the Battle of Orgreave have been named.

Solicitor Peter Metcalf helped to defend SYP officers against unlawful arrest claims by miners following the Battle of Orgreave. It took place in South Yorkshire during the height of the 1984-5 miners’ strike.

Metcalf also played a key role in advising SYP and reviewing officers’ statements in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster.

Former SYP deputy chief constable Peter Hayes and assistant chief constable Walter Jackson were involved in reviewing SYP evidence in both cases.

Hayes ordered an internal review into how police evidence had been gathered relating to the Battle of Orgreave. Jackson wrote the review.

Hayes also helped coordinate SYP’s evidence following the Hillsborough disaster. Jackson signed off the policing plan for the match.

SYP covered up their actions at Orgreave and Hillsborough, and launched smear campaigns against miners and Liverpool football fans.

Calls for an independent inquiry into SYP conduct over Orgreave are growing.


The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into claims that SYP instructed a press officer to “spin” news of the Hillsborough inquests.

Hayley Court said she was told, “Your job is to round up the media and tell them, ‘This is the line’.”


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