Read Lord Mayor of Sheffield's unusual letter calling for inquiry into 'Battle of Orgreave'

Battle of Orgreave.
Battle of Orgreave.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield has joined calls for a public inquiry into the 'Battle of Orgreave' clash between coal miners and police.

Thousands of pickets and police officers clashed at Orgreave in some of the most violent confrontations in the miners' strike of 1984/85.

A total of 95 people were charged with riot and violent disorders but their cases were later dropped.

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The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has long campaigned for an independent inquiry into the incident but this was rejected by former home secretary Amber Rudd in 2016 because "ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions."

Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid is now calling on new home secretary Sajid Javid to take another look at the case and consider a public inquiry.

And the outspoken politician used Yorkshire Day - which is today - as a source of inspiration for a letter sent to Mr Javid, which he also shared on Twitter.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid.

The letter, punctuated throughout with Yorkshire dialect and accents, read: "Ey up Saj, S’upwiya?

"Our Orgreave miners and their families have been waiting too long. It’s time they were given the justice they are owed for all their suffering, all their pain and all their hurt!

"95 miners. 34 years. Still no justice!

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"Now I know your Government is famous for ruining lives, but if you have a heart, you’ll do the right thing for once and give the miners and their families a proper, decent and fair inquiry.

"Gi’oer with your rubbish!

"Lividly,

"Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.”

Earlier this year the Commons' Home Affairs Select Committee said it discovered that South Yorkshire Police holds almost 800 files about the clashes.

These are currently been reviewed ahead of them being released to the public.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said in February: "South Yorkshire Police recognises public concern about the events at Orgreave, and we have been very clear about our intent to make as much of the relevant documentation as is possible, available to the public.

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"To that end, an archivist, funded by the police and crime commissioner, has spent a number of months reviewing and cataloguing the material.

"This process is set to continue over the next few months, following which we will seek to follow the process undertaken by both the Home Office and the Cabinet Office, and place the documents in the National Archives."

Mr Javid has been contacted for comment and we are waiting for a reply.