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IPCC Chair meets Orgreave campaigners

Independent Police Complaints Commission Chair Anne Owers ,Commissioner Cindy Butts, and Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori today met with representatives of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to update them on next steps for the IPCC scoping exercise and decision on the referral by the South Yorkshire Police in relation to events at Orgreave.

Campaign members were assured that the IPCC will produce a draft report and make a decision by Christmas with a view to publishing early in the New Year.

They were also told that the IPCC has contacted South Yorkshire Police to say that unless outstanding documentation is obtained by the end of next week, the IPCC will use its powers to require the documentation to be produced. The existence of this material only became apparent in mid-2014.

The campaign representatives were assured that the IPCC will make its decision as swiftly as possible. The IPCC has had to establish what material exists, and what does not. It has then had to assess thousands of documents, including 20 boxes of material from the South Yorkshire Archive relating to policing at Orgreave, as well as material supplied by the campaign itself, the NUM and other sources. This exercise is nearly finished. Once it is complete, the decision on whether there will be an IPCC investigation will be made by IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green.

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