Ex-mining union chiefs accused of charity theft

THE FORMER head of a mining union and its ex-general secretary have been charged with stealing money from a charity set up to benefit sick pit-workers.

Neil Greatrex and Mick Stevens are accused of taking almost £150,000 from the Nottinghamshire Miners’ Home charity, which benefits ex-pitmen from the Dispatch district.

The pair are alleged to have committed the theft between June 5 2000 and May 2006.

When the men appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, they each denied four charges of theft.

Greatrex (59), of Stanley, near Teversal, and Stevens (also 59), of Rufford Park, Newark, are alleged to have taken a total of £148,628.83.

The main limb of the charity is the running of a convalescence home at Chapel St Leonards on the East Coast.

Greatrex is the former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) and Stevens is the general secretary of the UDM. Both are trustees of the Miners Home charity.

Greatrex and Stevens were granted bail and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday May 16.