A GANG of four alleged to have posed as police officers as they attempted to steal from the homes of the elderly have appeared in court.

The accused were in Chester Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to rob from the homes of pensioners across west Cheshire.

The three men and a woman, all from the Wrexham area, are accused of targeting the homes of elderly residents before following the A55 from Chester, along the Welsh coast to Pembroke, where they were eventually stopped and arrested by Dyfed Powys officers on Thursday, May 7.

Elisha Jones, 23, of Hywelfa, Wrexham, Leon Lavell, 19, Fordowen, Wrexham, Jerry Patrick Berry, 23, of Berry Lane, Homestead Lane, Wrexham and a 15-year-old boy from Wrexham, who cannot be named for legal reasons stand jointly accused of the offences.

On May 5 they are alleged to have carried out four distraction burglaries at Glebe Road, Cuddington, Towers Lane, Frodsham, Alvanley Road, Helsby and Chapel Lane, Kingsley. They are charged with another at Clifton Crescent, Frodsham, on April 27 and a sixth, at Upton Lane, Chester, on May 6, when they are alleged to have taken a silver Mazda 3 car after stealing keys from the property.

The three adults appear again in Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 14 after being kept in custody.