UDM chiefs charged with stealing £150,000 from charity

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TWO leaders of the Mansfield-based UDM miners’ union have been charged with the theft of almost £150,000 from a charity which ran a care home for sick and elderly pit workers.

Neil Greatrex and Mick Stevens are accused of taking money from the Nottinghamshire Miners Home charity between 5th June 2000 and May 2006.

Both denied the charges when they appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Greatrex, the former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, and Stevens, general secretary of the Nottinghamshire UDM, are both trustees of the charity.

The charity’s main purpose was to run a convalescent home at Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness, Lincolnshire.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed that Greatrex (59), from Stanley, near Teversal, and Stevens (59), of Rufford Park, Newark, have been released on bail to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 16th May.