Former UDM duo to stand trial

ACCUSED -- UDM officials Mick Stevens and Neil Greatrex (right) arrive at Nottingham Crown Court (PHOTO BY: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)
ACCUSED -- UDM officials Mick Stevens and Neil Greatrex (right) arrive at Nottingham Crown Court (PHOTO BY: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

TWO former leaders of a miners’ union are to stand trial next year accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity designed to help sick and elderly ex-pitmen.

Neil Greatrex (60) was a founder and is the former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM), while Mick Stevens (59) is the ex-general secretary of the Mansfield-based union.

The pair each deny a total of 14 charges of theft.

The allegations relate to the Nottinghamshire Miners Home charity, of which both Greatrex and Stevens were trustees.

The charity was set up to run a convalescent home for elderly miners at Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness.

Greatrex and Stevens appeared at Nottingham Crown Court and asked for their case to be heard in another part of the country. But the request was denied by a judge and the trial will start at the Nottingham court on Monday March 19 next year.

Greatrex, of Stanley, near Teversal, and Stevens, of Rufford Park, Newark, were both granted bail.