Miners charity trustee guilty of theft

Court finds Neil Greatrex guilty on 14 charges of stealing almost £150,000, but co-accused Mick Stevens is acquitted on all charges

Mick Stevens (left) was acquitted, but Neil Greatrex was found guilty
Mick Stevens (left) was acquitted, but Neil Greatrex was found guilty

A former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been found guilty of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity of which he was a trustee.

Neil Greatrex was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday of 14 theft charges from Nottinghamshire Miners Home, a charity in Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire, that supports sick and elderly miners.

Mick Stevens, former general secretary of the UDM, who also faced 14 charges of theft, was found not guilty on all charges.

A court spokesman said a date for Greatrex’s sentencing had not been set.

Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement at the Charity Commission, said it welcomed the conviction, which also disqualified Greatrex from acting as a trustee.

"The Charity Commission has worked closely with South Yorkshire Police on this case and we also opened our own statutory inquiry into the charity in August 2007," she said.

"In 2008 we appointed an interim manager to the charity, who remains responsible for its property and administration.

"Now that criminal proceedings are concluded, we will look at any outstanding regulatory issues relating to our inquiry and publish a report once it is completed.

"We welcome the police application for compensation on behalf of the charity."

The court spokesman said dates were in the process of being organised for the proceeds of crime hearing to decide what assets the charity could take back from Greatrex.

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