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Sheffield Star prints Orgreave special

The Sheffield Star yesterday produced a special print edition to mark the fortieth anniversary of what it describes as the most violent conflict in British industrial history.

Sheffield Star prints Orgreave special
Many of the pictures were taken by Star photographers in the thick of the battle.

The ‘Battle of Orgreave’ on June 18, 1984, was a pivotal moment in the Miners Strike of 1984-5. Pickets clashed with police outside the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

The scale of the conflict and the bitter aftermath echo to this day with campaigners still calling for a public inquiry into the criminal prosecutions which resulted.

The Star's print editor Charles Smith has gone back through the photographic archives to put together a comprehensive 16-page picture special of dramatic photos from the day.

Many of the pictures were taken by Star photographers in the thick of the battle.

"Will resonate deeply."

The story also made for a dramatic front page which will resonate deeply with readers in South Yorkshire, say the publishers.

The paper also features pictures of Orgreave as it is today and last weekend's anniversary rally which was attended by former NUM leader Arthur Scargill.

After the “battle”, more than 70 picketers were charged with riot - an offence which in 1984 carried a potential life sentence - and 24 with violent disorder.

But the trials collapsed when police evidence was deemed “unreliable”.

At the time, miners' barrister Michael Mansfield described this as "the worst example of a mass frame-up in this country this century".

In June 1991, South Yorkshire Police paid £425,000 in compensation to 39 miners for assault, wrongful arrest, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution.

And even now campaigners believe a future Labour government may allow a public inquiry into the actions of the police on the fateful day, say the publishers.

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