Ex-UDM boss found guilty of 14 theft charges

Neil Greatrex arrives at Nottingham Crown Court

Neil Greatrex arrives at Nottingham Crown Court

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A FORMER mining union boss who represented many miners from across the Eastwood and Kimberley area has been found guilty of stealing almost £150,000 from a charity that ran a care home for sick and elderly miners.

Ex-UDM president Neil Greatrex, 61, was convicted of 14 counts of theft between June 2000 and May 2006.

Co-defendant and UDM general secretary Mick Stevens, 60, was acquitted of all the charges.

Greatrex and Stevens were trustees of the Nottinghamshire Miners Home Charity, which ran a care home in Chapel St Leonards.

The pair were also directors of Phoenix Nursing and Residential Home Ltd, a company set up as a trading subsidiary of the charity.

Judge John Wait told Greatrex: “You have been convicted of a series of serious thefts and I can see only one possible sentence – that is prison.”

After the verdict was announced, Graham Wragg, economic crime officer, South Yorkshire Police, said: “Greatrex was head of the UDM and was stealing money from the charity set up to look after the well-being of sick and elderly miners.

“They put him in a position of trust and he stole from them. He made no comment during interviews and showed no remorse for what he had done.”