Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police Dave Jones says he would welcome an independent assessment of the Battle of Orgreave, but accepts the way in which it is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary.
The Battle of Orgreave was a confrontation between police and picketing miners that took place in June 1984 in Orgreave, South Yorkshire. It was a pivotal event in the UK miner’s strike and has been called one of the most violent clashes in British industrial history. 93 arrests were made, and 72 policemen injured.
The interim Chief Constable, from neighbouring North Yorkshire Police force, has said that the Hillsborough Inquest has highlighted the need to understand and confront the past, giving people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.
Dave Jones, and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin are having a Q&A at 6pm tonight to answer any question that you might have on policing in South Yorkshire.
This will be one of Jones’ first communications with the public after taking over from former Chief Constable David Crompton, who was suspended over the handling of the Hillsborough Inquest.