THE independent review of policing during the miners' strike will hold an engagement event in Cumnock Town Hall on Friday, October 12 from 6pm to 9pm.

Members of the public are invited to share their experiences with John Scott QC – who leads the review – and members of his advisory panel.

The event is one of four being held across Scotland. There is no need to book in advance and doors will open at 5.30pm.

John Scott QC 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.”

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

The evidence gathered will help inform the report and any recommendations made by the group to justice secretary Humza Yousaf.

The engagement events are running alongside the wider call for evidence which is open until November 30 and can be found at