12 June 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has spoken out after the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the police watchdog, announced this morning that there will not be an investigation into South Yorkshire Police's handling of the violent clashes between police and miners at the Orgreave coking plant in 1984.

Mick said:'If the police watchdog won't find out what really happened that day, then we need a public inquiry, or an independent panel, to examine what happened and get to the bottom of all the accusations of police brutality. Such an investigation is well overdue and should take place quickly. And, if retrospective action is necessary, for those involved and those who were in power at the time, then it needs to be prompt and uncompromising.

'It all smacks of a cover-up. Like Hillsborough, which involved the same police force. Until we get justice for the miners and the truth is known Thatcher's title should be removed and her library scrapped.'

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