Union leaders deny stealing from miners' charity

Neil Greatrex and Mick Stevens
Image caption Mr Greatrex and Mr Stevens appeared at Nottingham Crown Court

Two union leaders have pleaded not guilty to stealing almost £150,000 from a charity for sick and elderly miners.

Neil Greatrex, former Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) president, and Mick Stevens, Notts UDM general secretary, each face 14 theft charges.

Both were trustees of the Nottinghamshire Miners Home charity, set up to run a convalescent home at Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire.

Mr Greatrex, 60, and Mr Stevens, 59, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

The hearing was told the charges relate to the theft of credit balances by raising cheques.

Mr Greatrex, from Stanley, near Teversal in Nottinghamshire, and Mr Stevens, of Rufford Park, Newark, were bailed to appear at court on a date to be fixed, when an application will be heard for the trial to be held in a different area.

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