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3,000 police sent to keep peace in British coal fields

Thousands of police armed with riot gear patrolled Britain's coal fields Monday to prevent militant miners from fulfilling a vow to shut down the country's mines in their week-old strike.

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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government ordered some 3,000 officers, equipped with riot helmets and shields, into the northern Nottinghamshire coal fields, where one miner died last week in violent clashes.