UDM leaders deny fraud charges

Michael Stevens and Neil Greatrex arrive at Nottingham Crown Court  (w110520-1d)

Michael Stevens and Neil Greatrex arrive at Nottingham Crown Court (w110520-1d)

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TWO mining union leaders appeared in court today (Friday) accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity for sick miners.

Union of Democratic Mineworkers’ former president Neil Greatrex and Mick Stevens, ex-general secretary of the union in Nottinghamshire, denied 14 charges of theft at Nottingham Crown Court.

The pair are alleged to have stolen from Nottinghamshire Miners’ Home charity, of which both were trustees, and the Phoenix Care Home for retired and sick pit workers at Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness.

Greatrex, 59, from Stanley, and Stevens 59, of Rufford Park, were both suspended by the Charity Commission in 2007 when it first launched an investigation.

The prosecution has come from a wider police enquiry into the handling of miners’ compensation claims.

Both were bailed until 17th June by Judge Michael Stokes and spoke only to deny the charges.