Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Records of Shame

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Records of Shame

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Our probe revealed police had kept records of all incidents of intimidation by striking miners in Durham and Northumberland.

Michael Portillo, then deputy to chancellor Norman Lamont, had details of these incidents sent to him for a speech.

The report states:

At Ashington Coal Company, a watchman was threatened after confronting two men who stated they intended to damage machinery.

A transport organiser at the NCB Area HQ, received a threatening telephone call from a person who stated 'he would receive a visit' unless the transport was stopped

A coach hire company boss at Westerhope, Newcastle, received a telephone call threatening to set fire to his property if he participated in the transportation of miners to work

A haulage contractor at Bedlington, who transported coal, received a telephone threat and a few days later all his lorry windscreens were smashed when the vehicles were parked overnight

Plant machinery was tampered with at private open cast sites

In relation to Durham, it adds:

17 cases were reported of damage to property

Nfour private cars had their paintwork scratched and tyres slashed, and a police vehicle was bombarded with missiles

Five Heavy Goods Vehicles had brake pipes cut, dials and wipers smashed and stones thrown through their windscreens

Washing plant equipment was damaged and coal screen belts were cut

A bulldozer has had sugar placed in the fuel system and a mechanical digger valued at pounds 38,000 was stolen from a site and deliberately crashed into a tip

A further case of intimidation, involved a dog of an unconforming miner being beaten unconscious

On one occasion a haulier was asked to make contributions to a strike fund and threatened with removal from a list of approved persons who are allowed to transport coal

Further cases of threats to cause damage and three cases of threats of violence were recorded. …

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