THREE men have appeared in court charged with breaking in to a Worcester pub.

Kevin Bird, Paul Dinsdale and Steven Bosworth have been charged with burgling the Coppertops Pub in Oldbury Road, St John’s, on Wednesday, August 21, taking cash, electrical items - including a camera and charger - and the pub’s safe from both the pub and the private living area.

Bosworth, aged 23, of Gresham Road, Dines Green, Worcester, entered an early guilty plea.

He was granted bail on condition he resides at an address in Hereford, has an electronically monitored curfew between the hours of 9pm and 6am, reports to a local police station on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and also does not enter Worcester accept to attend court or pre-arranged appointments with his solicitors.

Bird and Dinsdale did not enter a plea. Their cases were committed to Worcester Crown Court for a hearing on Monday, December 2.

Dinsdale, aged 24, from West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick, was refused bail.

Bird, aged 22, of Bromyard Road, St John’s, Worcester, did not make an application for bail and will also remain in custody until the hearing.

A fourth person, a woman, was also arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of handling stolen goods, and was later released on bail while police made further inquiries.

West Mercia Police said yesterday many of the stolen items had now been recovered, including the safe from the Coppertops pub, which was found to contain £900.

Detective Inspector Stu Murphy from Worcester police station said: “I am pleased to say that we have managed to recover a number of items stolen from the living accommodation of Coppertops, as well as a safe containing an amount of cash. These will all be returned to the owner in due course.”

West Mercia Police continue to investigate two other burglaries - one at Worcester and Midlands Coldstores in Bromyard Road and DJB Denny vets in Henwick Road.

“We have also recovered nearly all of the meat which was stolen in the burglary at the cold storage unit, but this will have to be destroyed and of course is a loss for the company,” Set Insp Murphy added.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0300 333 3000 quoting reference 74S 210813, or by calling the anonymous charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.