This Branch welcomes the founding of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign seeking truth and justice for the miners who were victimised and falsely arrested by the police from many different forces during the picketing of the Orgreave Coking Plant in South Yorkshire.June 1984.
95 miners were arrested and charged with riot, an offence which carried the potential sentence of life imprisonment.
The trials collapsed due to lack of evidence. No police force or officer has ever been disciplined or charged with perverting the course of justice, falsifying evidence and using violence against miners pursuing legitimate industrial action against the loss of jobs and the mining industry and the threatened collapse of their communities.
This branch, the Morthwest Probation & CAFCASS branch supports the following statement
“The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign – seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at The Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, June 1984. Orgreave is part of a pattern of cover ups and lies by the police from many different forces, which are now being exposed.
We call for a full public inquiry to take place as soon as possible into the policing and subsequent statements recorded by the police at the time .We want everyone who seeks the truth and wants justice to support us in our campaign.”
In support this branch resolves.
- To email all members and ask them to sign the e petition set up in November 2012 which needs 100,000 signatures by November 2013 to initiate a debate in Parliament. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41844
- To donate resources to the Orgreave Campaign to enable them to carry on with their campaigning work.
- To write a letter/ email to lobby Members of Parliament to support the Early Day Motion put down by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, Northumberland calling an inquiry into the policing of the miners’ strike.