About 100 statements by police officers who were at Orgreave, which have been obtained by the BBC, have been examined by Mark George QC .
Mark said the documents revealed "several dozen" examples of officers using exactly the same phrases, signifying "widespread collusion".
"You can't get statements in the way they have been done here - by police officers from different forces involved in different arrests - and find such a degree of similarity between those statements without there being some degree of collusion."
In his analysis Mark also found that 34 officers' statements, supposed to have been compiled separately, used the identical phrase: "Periodically there was missile throwing from the back of the pickets."One paragraph, of four full sentences, was identical word for word in 22 separate statements. It described an alleged charge by miners, including the phrase: "There was however a continual barrage of missiles."
The Inside Out programme featuring GCN's Mark George QC was broadcast on 22.10.12 at 19:30 BST on BBC One (in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire).
Click here to watch the programme again via iPlayer. Mark's contribution starts at approx 21 minutes into the programme.
- 22nd November 2012 - Miners strike: how the bloodiest battle became the "biggest frame-up" - The Guardian - following IPCC announcement it is to investigate claims of assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct
- 31st October 2012 - From Hillsborough to Orgreave: South Yorkshire Police "out of control" by Mark George QC - The Justice Gap - article includes detailed analysis and quotes of of identical phrases used across the statements of numerous officers from the Orgreave miners' trial in 1982
- 22nd October 2012 - Miners' strike policing: MP calls for Orgreave inquiry - BBC News
- 22nd October 2012 - Hillsborough investigation should be extended to Orgreave, says NUM leader - the Guardian - front page in printed edition
- 18th September 2012 - Hillsborough and cover-ups by Mark George QC - the Justice Gap