South Wales Police sergeant denies burglary and computer misuse

Cardiff Crown Court
Sgt Ben Cooke denied the charges during a 10-minute hearing at Cardiff Crown Court

A police sergeant has denied burglary, stealing a safe containing £16,000 and the misuse of police computers.

Sgt Ben Cooke, 34, from Rhondda Cynon Taf, is accused of breaking into a house in Bridgend county on 7 February.

He is also accused of misconduct in public office by making unauthorised searches of police systems between 3-9 February.

He is further accused of securing unauthorised access to data held in a computer, between the same dates.

Appearing before Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday, Sgt Cooke denied all three charges.

He was remanded in custody and a trial date was set for 12 August.