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25/10/2017

CPS East of England rated "good" by inspectors

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Jenny Hopkins, has welcomed a report from the independent HM CPS Inspectorate (HMCPSI) which has rated the Area as "good" across the four elements examined.

10/10/2017

East of England improves conviction rates for violence against women and girls

Increases in the conviction rates for rape, domestic violence and sexual offences in the CPS East of England Area have been reported in the annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report for England and Wales.

30/08/2017

Support for Disabled Victims and Witnesses of Crime

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Jenny Hopkins, has welcomed an online support guide specifically for disabled victims and witnesses of crime which was published today (25 August 2017) by the Crown Prosecution Service.

23/08/2017

East of England Chief Crown Prosecutor supports commitment to tackle racist and religious hate crime

The Chief Crown Prosecutor in the East of England has backed the Director of Public Prosecutions' commitment to tackling racist and religious hate crime.

31/07/2017

Teenager convicted of manslaughter of Akadiusz Jozwik

A 16 year old youth has been convicted today (31 July 2017) of the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jozwik after punching him in the head in August 2016 in a shopping precinct in Harlow, Essex.

14/07/2017

Men Found Guilty of Violent Attack on Football Fan

A group of men have today (14 July 2017) been found guilty for their part in a violent attack which left football fan Simon Dobbin with life changing injuries.

21/06/2017

Statement on case of Joan Edlin

A CPS East of England Spokesperson said:

16/06/2017

Man jailed for hacking into hospital and airport websites

A man has been jailed today (16 June 2017) for hacking into the websites of a hospital and airport in Norfolk.

15/06/2017

Two charged over death of Summer Grant

Punam Malhan from CPS East of England said: "I have today advised Essex Police to charge Shelby and William Thurston with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of seven-year-old Summer Grant on a bouncy castle at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in March 2016.

03/04/2017

Men sentenced for sadistic burglary attack and drive by shooting

Kacey Adams and Daniel Wallace have each been sentenced to life imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court today (3 April 2017) for their roles in a sadistic burglary in Kent and a drive by shooting in Essex.

28/03/2017

Connor Allen-Howe sentenced for online child sex abuse

A youth who posed as a teenage girl to dupe young boys across the internet to carry out sex acts was sentenced today to eight years' imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court in a case described by CPS East of England as "a shocking warning of the dangers that exist online".

16/03/2017

Lillo Troisi sentenced over death of woman and unborn baby

A man who started a fire in the hallway of a block of flats which caused the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court today to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for manslaughter and arson.

14/03/2017

Ali Qazimaj sentenced for murder of Suffolk couple

A man has today (14 March 2017) been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 35 years, for the murder of a married couple from Suffolk.

08/03/2017

David Cockle sentenced over theft of rare gold coins

A former Norfolk Police officer who found rare gold coins on a farmer's land while metal detecting was sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court to 16 months' imprisonment for theft. His action was described as "a serious heritage crime" by CPS East of England.

26/01/2017

CPS East of England statement on Rory McGrath

Rory McGrath was given a 10-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to harassment when he appeared for trial at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court in Cambridgeshire.

09/01/2017

Husband convicted of attempted murder of wife

Paul Bond has been found guilty today (9 January 2017) at Cambridge Crown Court of the attempted murder of his university lecturer wife, Dr Marian Bond, by hitting her to the head more than once with a lump hammer in what was described as "a determined, planned attack" by CPS East of England.

16/12/2016

Two men convicted in Chelmsford grooming case

Two takeaway pizza workers have been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of grooming a young teenage girl, supplying her with drugs, and prostituting her to other men.

15/12/2016

Businessman who killed his wife and tried to burn down house jailed for life

A former City trader who knocked his wife unconscious, set her body on fire and then took his dog for a walk as an alibi has been jailed for life today.

14/12/2016

Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol

The CPS and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today (14 December 2016), outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.

08/12/2016

Man guilty of attempted murder in Sible Hedingham raid

Charlie Simms was today convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life following a break-in at a house in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in a case described by CPS East of England as "an unspeakably vicious attack".

01/12/2016

Teenager charged over death of Polish man in Harlow

CPS East of England has today advised Essex Police to charge a 15-year-old youth following the death of a man in Harlow, Essex.

27/10/2016

Case against Jodie Marsh discontinued

Charges against Jodie Marsh for harassment have been dropped, CPS East of England has confirmed.

21/07/2016

Raising awareness of forced marriage as school summer holidays start

The end of the school year should be a time for celebrating the end of exams and the start of six weeks of holiday. But East of England Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins warns that for some young people, it can be the start of a nightmare.

13/07/2016

CPS East of England has strong conviction rate for hate crime

CPS East of England has a strong conviction rate of 85% for hate crime across its four counties – Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk – according to the latest Report on Hate Crime issued nationally today (13 July 2016) by the Crown Prosecution Service.

11/07/2016

CPS East of England statement on Ronald King

A Spokesperson for CPS East of England said: "The defence served new evidence on the prosecution during the course of this trial. This new evidence consisted an MRI scan on the defendant's brain and was immediately considered by the psychiatrist instructed by the prosecution.

16/06/2016

Two men guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants in container at Tilbury Docks

Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, after the discovery of 35 people in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks, Essex, in August 2014.

27/05/2016

Response to queries following the conviction of Chris Carroll for the murder of Darren Kelly

We have been asked by the media and members of the public why three of the defendants who were charged with the murder of Darren Kelly were not charged with a lesser offence than murder. We have also been asked whether they can now be prosecuted for a lesser offence. This explanation may be of assistance.

19/05/2016

Woman sentenced for contaminating chocolates

Wendy Purser was today sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment suspended for two years at Basildon Crown Court after admitting contaminating Lindt chocolates. CPS East of England Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Frank Ferguson said she put members of the public at risk of choking when she substituted small objects for chocolate truffles.

18/05/2016

Chris Carroll convicted of murder of Darren Kelly

Chris Carroll, 20, was sentenced to life imprisonment today with a minimum tariff of 21 years for murdering a man he wrongly thought was a paedophile. Three teenagers who were on trial alongside Mr Carroll were acquitted yesterday.

13/05/2016

Former boarding school teacher jailed for abuse

Former teacher John McKno, who sexually abused five pupils at boarding schools in three counties, has been jailed for 14 years at Ipswich Crown Court today.

22/04/2016

Teenager convicted of two murders in Colchester

A teenager who was only 15 when he stabbed two strangers to death in Colchester in 2014 has been convicted today at Guildford Crown Court of their murder. James Fairweather had previously admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

24/03/2016

Couple guilty of road rage acid attack

Ashley Russell and Christina Storey have been convicted today at Basildon Crown Court of throwing acid in a man’s face during a road rage attack in Thundersley, Essex, in June 2014.

23/03/2016

Polish lorry drivers sentenced for immigration offences

Four Polish lorry drivers have today each been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to smuggling 68 illegal immigrants into the UK.

22/03/2016

Man jailed for life for murdering pregnant ex-partner

Matthew Smith was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of at least 18 years after a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found him guilty on Monday, 21 March 2016, of murdering his pregnant ex-partner.

17/03/2016

Timothy Allen sentenced for manslaughter of wife

Timothy Allen was today sentenced to be detained indefinitely under a Mental Health Order at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility following the death of his wife, Samantha Ho, in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, in August last year. The plea was accepted by CPS East of England at an earlier hearing.

15/01/2016

CPS East of England statement on Old Deanery Care Home case

CPS East of England District Crown Prosecutor Doug Mackay said: “Allegations of abuse or ill treatment of residents in care homes are taken extremely seriously by the CPS, as the victims, who are often elderly, are among the most vulnerable in our society.

13/01/2016

Teenager given caution following motorcycle incident last year

A teenage boy has been issued with a youth caution after his actions left a 17-year-old with life-changing injuries.

29/12/2015

Chief Crown Prosecutor welcomes new domestic abuse law to fight controlling or coercive behaviour

Domestic abusers who subject victims to controlling or coercive behaviour could face up to five years in jail under a new law which comes into force today (29 December 2015), said CPS East of England Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins, the CPS national champion on Violence Against Women and Girls.

17/12/2015

Three sentenced for burglaries across five counties

Brother and sister Roseanna (22) and George Ruffell (18) and a 16 year old youth have been sentenced today, 17 December 2015, at Chelmsford Crown Court for 25 burglaries across five counties.

04/12/2015

Essex: Case against Stuart Pain discontinued

East of England Crown Prosecution Service has decided that it is no longer appropriate to continue the case against Stuart Pain, charged with the attempted murder of John Sales in Colchester, Essex, on 10 November 2015.

06/11/2015

Teenagers sentenced over Essex acid attack

Aaron Isaac, 19, and Jake McCabe, 16, were sentenced today to a total of 16 years at Chelmsford Crown Court for an acid attack – the second case in less than a month in CPS East of England.

05/11/2015

Taxi firm owner convicted of murder

Taxi firm owner Nasser Rezaie has been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex, of the murder of his wife’s new partner in a case described by CPS East of England District Crown Prosecutor Doug Mackay as "a tragic case of revenge".

16/10/2015

Ex-partner of Adele Bellis sentenced over acid attack in Lowestoft

The former partner of a woman left with life changing permanent injuries in an acid attack has been sentenced today at Ipswich Crown court to life imprisonment for his role in arranging the attack, described by CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan as "one of the worst revenge attacks we have prosecuted".

06/10/2015

Alexander Kerry jailed for murder of woman aged 82

A man who took the life of an 82-year-old woman was today handed a life prison sentence at Norwich Crown Court with a minimum term of 25½ years.

28/09/2015

Life sentence for child abuser

A life sentence has today been handed down at Norwich Crown Court to a woman convicted of prolonged sexual and physical abuse of children.

02/09/2015

Two convicted over acid attack in Lowestoft

Two men have been convicted of an acid attack on a young woman which left her with life changing permanent injuries, described by CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan as "one of the worst revenge attacks we have prosecuted".

31/07/2015

Essex Man Convicted of harassing family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Christopher Spivey has been convicted today of harassing the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby after a two day trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court, Essex.

10/06/2015

CPS East of England authorises charge of murder after torso found in suitcase

The Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England has today authorised Cambridgeshire Police to charge 57-year-old Vitautas Jokubauskas with the murder of Ramute Butkiene.

27/05/2015

CPS decision on case of baby's body dumped in village pond

East of England Crown Prosecution Service has advised Norfolk Police that it is not in the public interest to prosecute the mother of a baby boy whose body was found in a carrier bag in a village pond in 1988. The identity of the mother was only discovered after fresh evidence came to light last year.

15/05/2015

Two Libyan soldiers convicted of rape

The Chief Crown Prosecutor for East of England CPS, Jenny Hopkins, has urged male victims of rape to have the confidence to come forward and report attacks after two Libyan soldiers stationed at a barracks in Cambridgeshire have been convicted of raping a man in Cambridge city centre.

27/04/2015

Vladimir Bukovsky to be prosecuted over indecent images of children

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised the prosecution of Vladimir Bukovsky, 72, for five charges of making indecent images of children, five charges of possession of indecent images of children and one charge of possession of a prohibited image.

23/03/2015

Man jailed for attempted rape of nine year old girl

A man who tried to rape a nine year old girl has been sentenced today to eight years at Basildon Crown Court. Steven Partridge, 23, from the Southend area, admitted two charges: attempted rape and abducting a child, in February 2015.

16/03/2015

Teenager sentenced for fraud after lying about ill children

A teenager who conned people she contacted via the internet out of thousands of pounds by creating hard luck stories involving ill babies, has today been sentenced to three years at Basildon Crown Court. Katie Ringer, 19, also sent images of children with offensive, lewd and racist remarks though an online messaging service, the court heard.

12/03/2015

Adrian Lubecki sentenced for supplying drugs

At Ipswich Crown Court today a man was sentenced to five years and four months in jail after admitting supplying drugs of a type which are believed to be linked to the deaths of two men in Suffolk.

03/03/2015

Life imprisonment for man who admitted attempted murder

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of nine years after admitting attempting to murder a woman in Jaywick last year.

27/02/2015

Serial fraudster sentenced over Christmas trees and turkeys scams

Serial fraudster David Osborne has been sentenced to three years and two months in jail at Southend Crown Court today for fraud by false representation. CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan said he deliberately ordered goods – including 900 Christmas trees and 17 turkeys and chickens – knowing he had no money to pay for them.

19/01/2015

7/7 widow jailed for theft

The widow of a 7/7 bombing victim has been jailed for more than two years after she admitted stealing £43,000 from her son’s compensation.

12/01/2015

Lewis Daynes sentenced for murder of Breck Bednar

Teenager Lewis Daynes was sentenced today for the murder of Breck Bednar, 14, in a case described by CPS East of England Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins as "shocking", given the young ages of those involved.

01/12/2014

Cambridgeshire: Cancer doctor sentenced for sexual assaults on young patients

The sexual abuse of young patients carried out by Cambridgeshire cancer treatment doctor Myles Bradbury was one of the worst cases of a breach of trust prosecuted by CPS East of England.

27/11/2014

Suffolk: Man sentenced for rape of elderly woman during burglary

Adrian Udrea, 38, has been sentenced to a total of 16 years in jail at Ipswich Crown Court today for the rape of an 81 year old woman in sheltered accommodation in Felixstowe, Suffolk, on 28 September 2014.

14/11/2014

Nathan Morgan sentenced for Basildon underpass rape

Nathan Morgan has been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment at Basildon Crown Court today for the brutal rape of a woman in a Basildon town centre underpass in July 2014.

06/11/2014

Gamekeeper sentenced for poisoning birds of prey

Gamekeeper Allen Lambert has been given a 10 week sentence of imprisonment, suspended for two years, for poisoning birds of prey on a country estate near Holt, Norfolk.

29/10/2014

New Chief Crown Prosecutor for East of England welcomes "good progress" report by inspectors

Jenny Hopkins has been appointed the new Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England, which covers the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

24/10/2014

Convictions in ground breaking child rape case

CPS East of England has obtained convictions at Basildon Crown Court, Essex, in a ground breaking rape case for the Area where the 11 year old victim was not called to give live evidence and was not cross examined by the defence.

23/10/2014

East of England sees increase in hate crime convictions

CPS East of England is one of the top four Areas in England and Wales for successful hate crime prosecutions, according to the latest report on Hate Crime and Crimes Against Older People issued nationally by the Crown Prosecution Service.

30/09/2014

Essex: Man admits sex attack

A man has pleaded guilty to a sexual offence following an incident in Tesco’s car park in Chelmsford.

29/09/2014

Essex: Footballer fined for assault

A West Ham footballer has today pleaded guilty to three offences following an incident outside the Sugar Hut nightclub in Brentwood, Essex.

16/09/2014

Essex: Sexual predator jailed for 14 years

A serial sex offender has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after he admitted administering a drug to his victim before performing oral sex on him.

15/08/2014

Man sentenced for "vicious, premeditated attack" on ex-partner

Simon Meecham has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court today after being convicted of the murder of his ex-partner Leanne Meecham. The judge has set a minimum tariff of 22 years before he is considered for release.

25/07/2014

Tulisa Contostavlos convicted of assault at V Festival

Former N-Dubz singer and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been found guilty at Stratford Magistrates' Court of assault by beating. The decision followed a three day trial in Chelmsford, at which the singer told the court victim Savvas Morgan had a vendetta against her and had made the allegations up as part of a publicity stunt.

15/07/2014

Essex: Nine years for man who attacked former partner

A man who assaulted his former partner has been sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court to nine years' imprisonment. The offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, assault by beating, and breaching a restraining order at a hearing on July 8, 2014.

03/07/2014

Gang of rogue traders conned pensioners out of £1m

A gang of rogue traders who conned Essex pensioners out of nearly £1million were sentenced to a total of nearly 30 years in jail at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

13/06/2014

Essex: Man admits attempted rape

A man has pleaded guilty to attempted rape and assault by penetration at Basildon Crown Court.

13/06/2014

Essex: Former scout leader pleads guilty to sexual assault

A former scout leader has admitted three counts of sexual activity with a child, Chelmsford Crown Court has heard.

06/06/2014

Norfolk: Former minister admits breach of sexual offences order

A former Methodist minister has been sentenced to a three month supervision order after pleading guilty to breaching a court order at Norwich Crown Court today.

02/06/2014

Essex: Restraining order for man guilty of harassment

A man has been found guilty by Southend Magistrates' Court of harassment after sending a barrage of letters to Basildon Council bosses over a six month period.

30/05/2014

Man admits harassment of tv presenter

Anthony Wells has pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court to a charge of harassing tv presenter Rachel Riley. A further charge involving Coldplay's Chris Martin was left on file following consultation with him by CPS East of England.

23/05/2014

Essex: Man sentenced for attempted murder of former partner

A MAN who attempted to murder his former partner has been sentenced to 16 and a half years imprisonment with 5 years on license at Basildon Crown Court today.

13/05/2014

Essex: Man admits theft by finding

A man has today pleaded guilty to one count of theft by finding, after he attempted to sell photographs of actress Daniella Westbrook to a freelance reporter.

02/05/2014

CPS East of England decides no charges over Hampshire school

CPS East of England has decided that no charges are to be brought in relation to allegations of sexual abuse of pupils by their fellow pupils at Stanbridge Earls School in Hampshire.

01/05/2014

Teenager sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of Jay Whiston

The death of Jay Whiston, 17, stabbed at a party in Colchester, was one that every parent fears, said Chris McCann, head of the CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit, as Edward Redman, 18, was today (1 May 2014) sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder and must serve a minimum of 17 years.

30/04/2014

Man jailed for hoax bomb plane threat

People who make hoax bomb threats while on board an aircraft can expect to face serious consequences, said CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan after Alan Patey was sentenced today (30 April 2014) at Chelmsford Crown Court.

25/04/2014

CPS East of England advises charges over courier fraud

Six men have been charged with fraud on the advice of CPS East of England in a case which covers four counties.

31/03/2014

CPS East of England advises charges over Essex nursery case

CPS East of England has advised Essex Police that two women should faces charges following allegations of ill treatment of children in an Essex nursery.

28/02/2014

Joanne Dennehy given whole life sentence

Chris McCann, Head of CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit, welcomed the whole life sentence handed down to triple murderer Joanne Dennehy today.

12/02/2014

Stretch and Layton convicted on all charges

Two men accused of helping triple murderer Joanne Dennehy have been convicted today of multiple offences at Cambridge Crown Court.

22/01/2014

Drugs gang ran 'sophisticated business operation'

Members of a drugs gang known as the "Bush Boys" were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court today for what CPS East of England Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan described as "a sophisticated business operation".

15/01/2014

'One of worst cases of child sexual abuse' - Chief Crown Prosecutor

Two men and three teenage boys have been convicted of charges of rape and sexual assault in one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse prosecuted by CPS East of England.

28/11/2013

Men have no case to answer over endangering aircraft

East of England Crown Prosecution Service has this morning (28 November 2013) accepted a defence argument that there is no case to answer against two men charged with endangering an aircraft en route from Lahore, Pakistan to Manchester.

25/11/2013

CPS East of England advises charges over death of Lee Balkwell

CPS East of England has authorised the Serious Crime Directorate of Essex Police and Kent Police to charge Simon Bromley, 44, with the manslaughter of Lee Balkwell, 33, who died when trapped between the drum and chassis of a cement mixer in Upminster, Essex, on 18 July 2002.

30/10/2013

CPS East of England statement on Andrew Ratcliffe

Andrew Ratcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment today, 30 October 2013, with a minimum tariff of 23 years after he was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of the murder of Mary Roberts, whose body was found behind a pub in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

17/10/2013

Ex-BBC DJ convicted of sexual assaults against children

Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter has today (17 October 2013) been convicted at Norwich Crown Court of 19 sexual offences against children, including indecent assault and buggery, and also seven charges of possession of indecent images

16/10/2013

Chief Crown Prosecutor featured in Black History Month exhibition

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East of England, Grace Ononiwu OBE, has been chosen to be part of a Black History Month exhibition on living legends held at University College London (UCL).

13/09/2013

Bramwell Walls jailed for sexual abuse of teenage girl

The case of Bramwell Walls who sexually abused a teenage girl who later hanged herself was "very tragic" said CPS East of England's Complex Casework Unit head, Chris McCann.

30/08/2013

CPS East of England prosecutes its first case of new dangerous driving offence

A lorry driver is the first person in the East of England to be prosecuted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, said Crown Prosecution Service East of England Complex Casework Unit head Chris McCann.

15/08/2013

CPS East of England advises police to charge Essex pair over sex attack on baby

CPS East of England has advised Essex Police to charge a man and a woman in relation to injuries to a 10 week old baby.

16/07/2013

Joint Statement by Norfolk Constabulary and CPS East of England

Norfolk Constabulary can confirm that a summons has been issued to Emma Way, aged 21 of Akrotiri Square, Watton.

28/06/2013

East of England reassures blackmail victims as man jailed for 11 years

East of England Crown Prosecution Service has reassured blackmail victims it will do everything it can to protect their identity if they come forward.

06/06/2013

Top volunteer Shelley meets the Queen

Senior Crown Prosecutor Shelley Deutsch was chosen out of 5,500 Victim Support volunteers to meet the Queen recently at a reception to celebrate the 10th annual Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

04/06/2013

East of England CPS advises police to charge Lesley Layton over Cambridgeshire deaths

Chris McCann, head of the Complex Casework Unit in CPS East of England said: