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Friday, 27 September, 2002, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Carr remanded in custody
Court sketch of Maxine Carr
Carr appeared via video link
Maxine Carr, the woman charged in connection with the killings of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, has appeared in court via a live prison video link.

Carr, 25, was remanded in custody in London's Holloway Prison charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The former teaching assistant, in court for the third time, spoke only to confirm her name at Peterborough Crown Court, in Cambridgeshire.

Carr's next hearing is at Norwich Crown Court on 12 or 15 November where she may appear with Ian Huntley, who is accused of murdering the two 10-year-olds, said prosecution lawyer Karim Khalil.

It is understood Carr may then face the more serious charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The bodies of Holly and Jessica were found in Suffolk on 17 August, almost two weeks after they went missing from their home town of Soham, in Cambridgeshire.

No bail application

Carr, who was wearing a black jumper and silver pendant, could be seen on two TV screens in court.

She looked pale and drawn, looking straight ahead during the 30-minute hearing.
Ian Huntley, 28
Ian Huntley is being held in a secure hospital

Defending counsel Mark Norman, made no application for bail.

Her boyfriend, former caretaker Huntley, is being held at a secure hospital under the Mental Health Act.

In court on Friday Mr Khalil raised the possibility that the two would appear together before Mr Justice Moses at court in Norwich in November.

Carr is not expected to enter a plea to the charge against her at that directions hearing.

Administrative and legal matters will be discussed.

Scale of investigation

Ms Carr's second video linked court appearance came after her attendance at Peterborough Magistrates' Court in August was marked by angry protests.

Since then she has been held in a high-security segregation unit.

Carr was a teaching assistant in Holly and Jessica's class at St Andrew's Primary School, Soham.

At court on Friday Mr Khalil gave Judge Nicholas Coleman an update on the investigation into the girls' murders.

He said just under 180 police officers and support staff were still working on the inquiry.

Officers had taken 1,800 statements, gathered just under 3,500 exhibits, and were actively pursuing 1,500 lines of inquiry out of an initial 5,500.

Afterwards Cambridgeshire police said the inquiry cost was likely to be in excess of 5m.

A spokeswoman said senior officers and members of the Police Authority would be asking the Home Office for funding to help cover costs.

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