Trustees face trial over theft from miners charity

Trades union leaders accused of stealing almost £150,000 from Nottinghamshire Miners Home

Former trustees Mick Stevens (left) and Tom Greatrex have been accused of stealing £150,000 from miners' charity
Former trustees Mick Stevens (left) and Tom Greatrex have been accused of stealing £150,000 from miners' charity

Two trades union leaders accused of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity of which they were trustees will stand trial next year.

Neil Greatrex, 60, former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, and Mick Stevens, 59, Notts UDM general secretary, both face 14 theft charges.

They were trustees of Nottinghamshire Miners Home, a charity in Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire, that supports sick and elderly miners.

They appeared in Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, when a provisional date of 19 March 2012 was set for their trial.

Michael King, head of the charity and education group at Stone King Solicitors, told Third Sector he had been appointed interim manager at the charity some years ago when the Charity Commission  began investigating.

He said that Greatrex and Stevens had been suspended and he had sought compensation from them through the court on behalf of the charity.

"If they are convicted, the court is entitled to make an order that they should compensate the charity," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission confirmed it had opened an inquiry into the charity in 2007 after concerns were raised about financial management and the proposed sale of property owned by the charity.

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