Ministers understand concern over Orgreave inquiry says PM

THE BATTLE of Orgreave is the confrontation that took place on 18 June 1984 between police and picketing miners near Rotherham.

A scene from the Battle of Orgreave, the clash between miners and police in 1984.

Officers attended the British Steel Corporation (BSC) coking plant in Orgreave, where pickets wanted to stop lorry loads of coke leaving for the steelworks.

The strike lasted a year in total but the clash in June is considered the most violent day of protest. Mounted police were sent in to break up the picket, as well as officers in riot gear.

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Fifty people were injured but when the cases came to court, all were abandoned after evidence provided by police was deemed unreliable.

Prime Minister David Cameron.
MP Andy Burnham outside the Birchwood coroners court. Families of the 96 victims that died at the Hillsborough disaster on the 15th April 1989 celebrate the verdict given at Birchwood coroners court in Birchwood, Mersey., A jury found that the 96 fans were unlawfully killed.
Prime Minister David Cameron.
MP Andy Burnham outside the Birchwood coroners court. Families of the 96 victims that died at the Hillsborough disaster on the 15th April 1989 celebrate the verdict given at Birchwood coroners court in Birchwood, Mersey., A jury found that the 96 fans were unlawfully killed.