Re­view to look at polic­ing im­pact in Fife dur­ing min­ers’ strike

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

An in­de­pen­dent re­view of the im­pact of polic­ing on Scot­tish com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the min­ers’ strike is com­ing to Fife.

Two meet­ings have been ar­ranged in the re­gion to al­low re­view leader John Scott, so­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate, and his ad­vi­sory panel, to hear about the ex­pe­ri­ences of lo­cal peo­ple dur­ing the bit­ter strike of 198485.

Picket lines be­came a daily fea­ture at col­lieries, and there were many flash­points and vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions be­tween min­ers and po­lice dur­ing the protests.

The ses­sions will be held at the Lochgelly Cen­tre on Tues­day November 20 and the Oak­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and So­cial Club on Wed­nes­day November 28.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to sim­ply go along to ei­ther event and share their sto­ries.

Mr Scott said: “If you were a miner, part of a min­ing com­mu­nity, a po­lice of­fi­cer or in some other way af­fected by, or in­volved in, the strike, I am re­ally in­ter­ested to hear about your ex­pe­ri­ences.

“If you can, please join us at one of th­ese events, or re­spond to our call for ev­i­dence.”

The ad­vi­sory panel com­prises for­mer MP and MSP Den­nis Cana­van, Jim Mur­doch, pro­fes­sor of pub­lic law at Glas­gow Univer­sity, and Kate Thom­son, for­mer as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble.

Ev­i­dence gath­ered will help in­form an in­terim re­port to min­is­ters be­fore a fi­nal re­port and rec­om­men­da­tion is pub­lished by June 2019.

Sim­i­lar meet­ings have been ar­ranged in Cum­nock, New­ton­grange, Fauld­house, Fallin and Auchenge­ich.

All will be held be­tween 6pm and 9pm.

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