TWO leaders of the Mansfield-based UDM union appeared in court on Friday accused of stealing almost £150,000 which was intended to help 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 allegations relate to funds for the 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, near Teversal, and Stevens (59), of Rufford Park, Newark, were both suspended by the Charity Commission in 2007 when it first launched an investigation, and 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.