‘There was a riot. But it was a police riot.’ One of the most violent clashes in British industrial history. A pivotal event in the 1984-85 UK miners' strike. This was the Battle of Orgreave. On 18th June 1984, a violent confrontation between police and thousands of pickets broke out at a British Steel Corporation coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire. The miners wanted to stop lorry loads of coke leaving for the steelworks. They thought that would help them win their strike, and help protect their jobs. The police were determined to hold them back. TV viewers were shocked by the images of the battle. The police presence was unprecedented: the use of dogs and horses, the riot gear, the armoured police vehicles.