Former union leader Neil Greatrex repays stolen money

Neil Greatrex Greatrex was found guilty of 14 counts of theft at Nottingham Crown Court in April 2012

A former miners' union leader has paid back more than £200,000 he stole from a Nottinghamshire charity, police said.

Neil Greatrex, 61, a past president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, was jailed for four years in April 2012 for stealing from a miners' care home.

He was ordered to repay the £148,628 he stole between 2000 and 2006 plus £52,699 in inflation and costs.

In December Greatrex was ordered to repay the money within a month or face a further three years in prison.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed on Thursday that Greatrex, of Stanley near Teversal in Nottinghamshire, had repaid the money.

Charity's future uncertain

Greatrex was a founder member of Nottinghamshire based UDM in 1985 when it split from Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers.

Over a six-year period he stole from Nottinghamshire Miners Charity, of which he was a trustee.

The group, whose future remains uncertain, ran a Lincolnshire care home for sick and elderly miners.

The Charity Commission said the money would either be returned to the charity or its beneficiaries or other charities.

The order was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Birmingham Crown Court in December.

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