Campaigners fear General Election delay on Orgeave decision

The Battle of Orgeave
The Battle of Orgeave

Campaigners fear they will have to wait months for an announcement on whether there will be a full investigation in the ‘Battle of Orgreave’.

The IPCC says it has made a decision on whether to launch a full probe into the clashes between police and striking miners but is currently taking legal advice about making an announcement.

A report on the decision is being checked so it does not prejudice the ongoing Hillsborough inquests, which also involve South Yorkshire Police officers from the same era.

Because of the General Election in May, major policy decisions cannot be made by civil servants after March 30.

Barbara Jackson, secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, said the process of making a decision was taking so long she was now worried no announcement would be made before the General Election in May.

She said: “We are trying to understand all the legal issues involved but we feel we are being left a bit high and dry. We don’t want it to go right until May.”

An IPCC spokesman said: “We appreciate the concerns regarding the delay but we are awaiting legal advice before we can finalise any plans for an announcement.”