Why did we submit a motion to the last Full Council about events that took place 35 years ago in Yorkshire?
Well to begin with, the Miners Strike affected many local people. Police forces were diverted from North East Lincolnshire to help defeat Arthur Scargill’s men, while many were based at Cleethorpes during the strike. And today there are many former miners living in the borough, who want to see justice previal.
For I believe that the reason why many have lost trust in the police is because of what happened at Orgreave in 1984, and Hillsborough five years later. If a public inquiry was held as we were wanting, then the truth would come out, however unpalatable it might be for some. Yet it’d mean we could draw a line under what happened then, with individuals being satisfied that wrongdoers were being punished.
Of course the Tories combined to defeat the motion, describing the impassionate pleas from Cllr Nichols, a former collier himself, as a “rant”. So the so called party of law and order are presumably happy that a question mark still hangs over past police behaviour.