Following today’s (12th June) announcement by the IPCC the Orgreave Truth and Justice CampaignÂ (OTJC)Â and the national Union of MineworkersÂ will be hostingÂ an open press conference atÂ 12.00 noonÂ inÂ the NUM main hall at 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS.
Press and public all welcome. Light refreshments available. Members ofÂ the audience will include miners present at Orgreave on 18th June 1984. They will be available to answer press questions afterwards.
Priority will be given to questions fromÂ members of the media and press, who should identify themselves to MarkÂ Metcalf (07952 801783) by signing the press entrance form that will be availableÂ at the entry to the main hall.
Statements will be made by Chris Skidmore – Yorkshire Area NUM president , who was present at Orgreave in June 1984
Granville Williams – OTJC
Arthur Critchelow – Orgreave veteran
The conference will be chaired by OTJC chair Joe Rollin.
There will be regular updates on twitter at @orgreavejustice
There will also be photographs of the event on the OTJC Facebook page
In advance of the press conference the OTJC has issued the following statement:
“Whilst disappointed, OTJC members are not surprised that the IPCC will not be conducting a full investigation into policing at Orgreave on 18th June 1984. It was back in November 2012 that SouthÂ Yorkshire Police referred itself to the IPCC, which ever since hasÂ acted slowly and conducted little independent work in assemblingÂ and collating information.
The fact that the IPCC, described – rightly in our view – by manyÂ prominent individuals as ‘not fit for purpose’, is stepping aside on Orgreave affairs will not therefore be deterring the OTJC from continuing its campaign. OTJC notes that the IPCC itself recognises in its report the limitations of what the organisation can do and that only a Hillsborough style public inquiry can eventually get to the truth.
The OTJC continues to gather increasing support from organisations and individuals for a full public inquiry into why it was that onÂ 18 June 1984, 95 miners were arrested at Orgreave after thousandsÂ of policeÂ officers – many in riot gear, with others on horseback – brutallyÂ assaulted miners participating in a strike aimed at defending jobsÂ and mining communities.
An inquiry will help reveal exactly why, when the subsequent courtÂ cases took place, all of the charges, including riot were abandoned. It must inevitably lead to two things. Some officers being charged with a series of offences – assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconductÂ in aÂ public office. Secondly, a paper trail that would indicate that the actions of the police at Orgreave were influenced by politicalÂ pressure from withinÂ the highest ranks of the Government of the day”.
THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE GOES ON.Â
Press enquires to Mark Metcalf:Â 07952 801783Â @markmetcalf07