Three men accused of string of school burglaries appear in court

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Three men accused of a string of burglaries at schools across two counties have appeared in court.

Christopher Kerr, 25, of Halstead Road, Frinton, Liam Cook, 26, of Bushell Way, Frinton and Francis Wilding, 21, of Melton Close, Clacton are all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal.

The men appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, speaking only to confirm their names.

Following legal submissions the case was put off until June 20 when all three defendants are due to enter pleas.

The three men were told by Judge Goodin that they will continue to be granted bail until their next court appearance.

Kerr, Cook and Wilding are accused of involvement in 38 burglaries at primary and secondary schools in Suffolk and Essex between August 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013, including Rougham, Bardwell, Great Barton and Risby.

It is alleged that laptops and computer equipment was stolen in each of the raids.