South West Wales

South Wales Police officers charged with £30,000 theft

Christopher Evans, Michael Stokes and Stephen Phillips Image copyright Aled Llywelyn/Athena Pictures
Image caption Christopher Evans, Michael Stokes and Stephen Phillips will appear again in court next month

Two serving police officers and their former colleague have appeared in court accused of stealing a total of £30,000.

South Wales Police constables Christopher Evans, 37, and Michael Stokes, 34, along with ex-Det Sgt Stephen Phillips, 46, denied theft charges at Bridgend Magistrates' Court.

The money is alleged to have been stolen from a Swansea home raided by police in April 2011.

They will appear at Cardiff Crown Court on 8 December.

Mr Stokes, of Glynneath, and Mr Phillips, of Winch Wen, Swansea, face four charges of theft each.

Mr Evans, of Llangennech, Carmarthenshire has been charged with two counts of theft.

South Wales Police confirmed the three men had been charged as part of an ongoing investigation carried out by its professional standards department.