Trio in court over series of laptop thefts from schools

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

A total of 264 computers were stolen from a collection of schools across Suffolk and Essex between the summer of 2012 and May 1, 2013.

It is thought around £100,000 of laptops were taken in all, including 14 laptops worth £5,600 during a break-in at Monks Eleigh Primary School. Laptops worth £20,000 were also stolen from Kersey Primary School.

Following the theft in Kersey, then parish council chairman Andrew Cumming described the burglaries as “shameful”.

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.

On Friday the men appeared at Ipswich Crown Court and spoke 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. It is alleged that laptops and computer equipment was stolen in each of the raids.