Union boss who stole from pit charity jailed

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THE former president of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been jailed for four years after he was found guilty of stealing from a sick miners charity.

Neil Greatrex, of Stanley, Sutton in Ashfield, was found guilty of 14 counts of theft by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court after a lengthy investigation.

He stole from the Nottinghamshire Miners Home of which he was a trustee.

The charity set up a trading subsidiary called Phoenix Nursing and Residential Care Home Limited to run the care home and he wrote himself cheques worth almost £150,000 which he used to pay for home improvements.

Graham Wragg from South Yorkshre Police’s economic crime unit said: “Greatrex used and abused his position of trust for his own private gain.”