Trio appear in court accused of burglaries at schools in Suffolk and Essex

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Three men accused of a string of burglaries at schools across Suffolk and Essex 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.

Today the men appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Judge John Holt told Kerr, Cook and Wilding that they will be required back at court on May 23 for a plea and case management hearing.

The court heard that no pleas were being indicated at this stage. Judge Holt told all three men that they would continue to be granted bail until their next court appearance.

Kerr, Cook and Wilding are accused of involvement in more than 70 burglaries at 30 primary and secondary schools in Suffolk and more than 40 in Essex between August 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013.

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