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28/02/2014

Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office charge

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today, 28 February, authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Simon Quinn with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between 1 November 2000 and 30 January 2011.

27/02/2014

DPP seeks public views on bringing non-recent cases to court - where a nominal penalty is likely

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today instructed prosecutors not to dismiss complaints about crimes allegedly committed decades ago just because of the lapse in time of reporting, in a shift of focus towards ensuring potential victims have their day in court.

26/02/2014

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale sentenced for the murder of Lee Rigby

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were today jailed for life at the Old Bailey. In sentencing, the court applied Section 30 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, which makes provision for certain mainstream offences to be considered as having a terrorism connection. Section 30(2) imposes a mandatory requirement on the court to decide whether an offence has a terrorist connection and if, having heard from the parties, it decides that it does it must then treat it as an aggravating factor (s.30(4)).

26/02/2014

Eight charged with offences of misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following receipt of two separate investigation files from the Metropolitan Police, the CPS has today (26 February) authorised the following charges.

24/02/2014

DPP to send specialist asset recovery prosecutors to Spain and Dubai

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today travelled to Madrid, Spain, for a joint UK-Spain Asset Recovery Forum. In a speech to delegates tomorrow, she will outline plans to deprive British criminals abroad of more of their assets. Attendees at the conference include the Spanish Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, and senior prosecutors and law enforcement officers.

20/02/2014

Misconduct in public office charge

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today (20 February) authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Timothy Edwards with one count of misconduct in public office between 31 March 2008 and 1 July 2011.

14/02/2014

Nabeel Hussain charged over passport fraud

Rebecca Mundy, specialist prosecutor for the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have today authorised charges against Nabeel Hussain and Michael Diamantis in connection with the alleged fraudulent use of a passport.

14/02/2014

Maintenance worker guilty of gross negligence manslaughter

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "This terrible incident was caused by Robert Warner removing a glass panel from a fourth floor walkway of a residential apartment block.

12/02/2014

Man convicted of £1.3m 'ponzi scheme' fraud

Matthew Ames has today been found guilty of two counts of fraudulent trading following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court. Ames was the sole director of two companies which were found to have been operating a large scale 'ponzi scheme', defrauding investors out of more than £1.35m over a three year period.

12/02/2014

Men convicted in Joanne Dennehy murder case

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

12/02/2014

Charging decision in the Claire Tiltman case

Nigel Pilkington, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service South East, said: "In November 2012 I received a file of evidence from Kent Police relating to the murder of Claire Tiltman on 18 January 1993.

30/01/2014

Thirteen to be charged over £2.5 million film tax fraud

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of Fraud at the CPS, said: "Following an investigation by HMRC, the CPS has authorised charges against three women and ten men in connection with allegations that they conspired to cheat the revenue out of £2.5m of tax, via a complex film scheme designed for that purpose. All thirteen individuals have been summonsed to appear before City of London Magistrates' Court today (30 January 2014).

27/01/2014

Pair sentenced for human trafficking offences

Two people who admitted trafficking two women into Wales for the purposes of prostitution have been sentenced at Newport Crown Court.

23/01/2014

Woman convicted of acid attack on former friend

Mary Konye, 21, was convicted today at Snaresbrook Crown Court for applying a corrosive fluid with intent, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The attack occurred in Dagenham on 30 December 2012 and the victim, Naomi Oni, was left with life-altering injuries.

23/01/2014

CPS decision on investigation into police handling of protected witness in Kevin Nunes murder case

Simon Orme, specialist lawyer in the CPS Special Crime decision, said: "I have been asked to consider evidence in relation to six former or serving Staffordshire police officers to determine whether or not they should be prosecuted in relation to their handling of a protected witness in connection with the murder of Kevin Nunes in 2002.

23/01/2014

Man charged over messages allegedly sent to Stella Creasy MP

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Peter Nunn, 33, from Bristol, under section 127 of the Communications Act (2003) over messages allegedly sent to Stella Creasy MP.

16/01/2014

The shooting of Anthony Grainger - Charging decisions

Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot and killed by an officer of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on 3 March 2012 during a planned operation to arrest a group of men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Mr Grainger was not armed when he was fatally shot. An independent investigation was then undertaken into the actions of the officers involved in the planning, approval and conduct of the operation.

15/01/2014

Peterborough sexual abuse case

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 the CPS.

15/01/2014

Assisted suicide of Dr and Mrs Arnold

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of CPS Special Crime Division said: "The CPS was asked to consider all the evidence in relation to the very sad deaths of Dr David Arnold and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Arnold, to determine whether their daughter Georgina Roberts should be charged with assisting their suicide.

10/01/2014

£33,000 confiscated from Birmingham bomb plotters

The Crown Prosecution Service was yesterday (Thursday 9 January) granted confiscation orders by a judge at Woolwich Crown Court against six men convicted last year in relation to the preparation of terrorist acts. Ifran Naseer, Ifran Khalid, Ashik Ali, Rahin Ahmed, Bahader Ali and Mujahid Hussain have been ordered to pay a total of £33,032.87 under section 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

08/01/2014

Man sentenced for stirring up racial hatred

Christopher Philips has today (8 January 2014) been sentenced to 12 months in prison and imposed with an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) for distributing videos of himself at an extremist right-wing event on a social media site. Mr Philips pleaded guilty to one count of stirring up racial hatred contrary to section 21 of the Public Order Act 1986 at a hearing on 31 October 2013 at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

07/01/2014

Five convicted of trafficking women from Hungary to be prostitutes in the UK

Five members of an organised crime group, which brought young women into the UK from Hungary for prostitution, have been convicted of conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation.

20/12/2013

Dentist jailed for £50,000 NHS fraud

Dental surgeon Jochemus Venter has today (Friday 20 December) been jailed for 18 months at Cardiff Crown Court for submitting fraudulent claims to NHS Dental Services for the provision of dental treatments totalling £47,947.

19/12/2013

Georgia Williams murderer jailed for life

Jamie Reynolds has today been sentenced to life imprisonment at Stafford Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the murder of Telford teenager, Georgia Williams.

19/12/2013

Men guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were today convicted at the Old Bailey for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, which occurred on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Artillery Place, Greenwich, London. They had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

19/12/2013

Robert Ekaireb convicted for the murder of his missing wife

Robert Ekaireb was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his pregnant wife, Li Hua Cao, who went missing in October 2006.

18/12/2013

Sentencing of Ian Watkins

Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Wales, said: "These three defendants conspired to commit appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims.

18/12/2013

Mother and son to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Thomas Ridgeway and to summons his mother Sandra Ridgeway with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

17/12/2013

Former headteacher of Caldicott School convicted of child sexual abuse

Former headteacher, Roland Peter Wright, has today been convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault involving 5 victims over a period of 11 years. This follows earlier convictions for fellow former teachers John Addrison, Edward Carson and Hugh Henry.

16/12/2013

CPS authorises charges in Twitter-related cases

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Following early consultation with the police, the CPS has been asked to make a charging decision in respect of five suspects whom it is alleged sent offensive tweets to Stella Creasy MP and journalist and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

12/12/2013

Alan Watts guilty of manslaughter

Alan Watts has today (12 December) been found guilty of the manslaughter of Brian Holmes. He was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at Luton Crown Court.

09/12/2013

Tulisa Contostavlos charged with drugs offence

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Tulisa Contostavlos, 25, with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

06/12/2013

'Muslim Patrol' Trio Sentenced

Three members of an East London gang who called themselves 'The Muslim Patrol' have been sentenced today at the Old Bailey.

06/12/2013

Man sentenced for racist abuse on tube train

Keith Hurdle, 52, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment today (Friday 6 December) at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for racially abusing two passengers on a Bakerloo Line London Underground train on 18 September 2013.

04/12/2013

DPP to examine criminal justice approach to human trafficking

The Director of Public Prosecutions will today (4 December) meet experts and interested parties to look at the barriers to investigation and prosecution of human trafficking offences and what can be done to address them.

03/12/2013

Lee Cyrus convicted for a series of sexual offences in Hampstead Heath

Lee Cyrus, previously known as Ivan Leach, was convicted today at Southwark Crown Court for 11 offences including exposure, robbery, aggravated burglary and wounding with intent. He will be sentenced on 13 December.

03/12/2013

Further audit fraud charge authorised in A4E case

Jaswant Narwal, Deputy Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today (Tuesday 3 December) authorised a further charge against three women and two men in connection with alleged fraudulent activity at Action 4 Employment (A4e), a social purpose company contracted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the 'Inspire to Aspire' employment and training scheme.

29/11/2013

Man convicted of the murder of Roberto Troyan

David Jeffs was convicted today at Croydon Crown Court for the murder of Roberto Troyan on 8 March 2013. Jeffs was also convicted of fraud and will be sentenced at a later date.

28/11/2013

Solicitor and former Gloucestershire Coroner Sentenced for £2m fraud

Alan Crickmore, a solicitor and former coroner for Gloucestershire, has today been sentenced to a total of eight years in prison after pleading guilty to 16 counts of theft and eight counts of fraud at Southwark Crown Court last month.

28/11/2013

Rakesh Bhayani sentenced for the murder of Carole Waugh

Rakesh Bhayani was sentenced to a life term in prison to serve a minimum of 27 years today (Thursday 28 November) at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Carole Waugh in April 2012.

28/11/2013

Man sentenced for vandalism of Bomber Command war memorial

Daniel James Smith, 21, was sentenced today to 12 weeks in prison at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for vandalising a war memorial in Central London in June of this year. He pleaded guilty on 1 November to one count of criminal damage and one count of racially aggravated criminal damage.

27/11/2013

Anxiang Du guilty of murder

Anxiang Du, a businessman from the Midlands, has been found guilty of the murder of a family of four in Northampton.

26/11/2013

Ian Watkins pleads guilty to child sexual offences

Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "The three defendants in this case have admitted very serious sexual offences committed against extremely young children, demonstrating sexual exploitation at its worst.

26/11/2013

CPS decisions in Operation Alice - incident at Downing Street on 19 September 2012

CPS decisions in Operation Alice - incident at Downing Street on 19 September 2012

22/11/2013

London sports club sentenced for corporate manslaughter over banana boat ride

Princes Sporting Club Limited today pleaded guilty to section 1(1) of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 following the death of an 11-year-old girl resulting from a water sports activity organised on 11 September 2010 on Back Lake, Clockhouse Lane, Bedfont, Middlesex. The company was ordered to pay a fine of £134,579.69.

08/11/2013

Former police officer guilty of misconduct in public office over rape investigation

A former Essex police officer today admitted misconduct in public office after failing to investigate a serious allegation of rape.

08/11/2013

Men convicted of child sexual exploitation

Five men have been convicted of sexual offences against a young girl in Rochdale following two trials at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

05/11/2013

Surgeon convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over hospital death

Former surgeon, David Sellu, has today been found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of 67-year-old James Joseph Hughes, who died three days after developing a life-threatening condition, whilst in hospital, in February 2010.

04/11/2013

New DPP begins term with promise to victims

The new head of the Crown Prosecution Service, Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, marked her first week in the job by piloting dedicated teams to improve the way the prosecution explains its decision making to victims.

01/11/2013

Husband and fraud investigator wife sentenced for £885,000 Gift Aid fraud

Cardiff couple Mark and Elizabeth Lewis have today (Friday 1 November) been sentenced for their parts in a large scale Gift Aid fraud believed to have cost the public revenue £885,000. Mark Lewis was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and his wife Elizabeth Lewis was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment suspended for two years.

30/10/2013

Seven men sentenced for racist behaviour following FA Cup match

Seven men were sentenced today at Blackfriars Crown Court for their abusive behaviour on a train from Putney to Waterloo following the FA Cup Match between Fulham and Charlton Athletic on 7 January 2012.

30/10/2013

Husband guilty of murdering wife in 'honour' crime

A husband who set fire to his house, killing his wife, has today been found guilty of murder and arson.

29/10/2013

Former council leader sentenced to two years' imprisonment for possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children

Former Kingston Borough Councillor Derek Osbourne was today (29 October) sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court for possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images.

25/10/2013

Man jailed for mosque explosions and murder of elderly Muslim man

Pavlo Lapshyn was today jailed with a minimum sentence of 40 years at the Old Bailey. He pleaded guilty on 21 October 2013 to one count of murder, one count of causing an explosion contrary to section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 and one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

25/10/2013

Teenager sentenced to six years and three months for acid attack

Liam Sibbons, 16, was sentenced today to six years and three months in a young offenders institute at Snaresbrook Crown Court for applying a corrosive liquid with intent, contrary to section 29 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

25/10/2013

Two brothers jailed for evading £6m of alcohol duty

Brothers Inderjit and Amandeep Singh-Mangher have today (Friday 25 October) been sentenced to a total of six years and three months imprisonment for their roles in an alcohol duty fraud believed to have cost the public revenue more than £6.3m.

23/10/2013

Stuart Hall charged with 16 sexual offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Lancashire Police to charge Stuart Hall with 15 offences of rape relating to two girls and one offence of indecent assault.

21/10/2013

CPS advises no charges should be brought over alleged disclosure of information to the media

Simon Orme, Specialist Lawyer in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "I have considered the evidence provided by Cumbria Police concerning allegations that information relating to expenses incurred by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria had been disclosed to the media.

21/10/2013

Former police officer charged with misconduct in public office over rape investigation

Gaon Hart, Senior Crown Advocate in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully reviewed all of the evidence provided by the IPCC as a result of their investigation into PC Hannah Notley, a former Sexual Offences Trained Officer employed by Essex Police.

18/10/2013

Nick Parker and Michael Ankers to be charged over alleged stolen mobile phone

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Nick Parker with one offence of receiving stolen goods and one offence of unauthorised access to computer material.

17/10/2013

Ex BBC DJ Michael Souter convicted of 19 sexual offences against children

Former BBC Radio Norfolk Presenter Michael Souter has today (Thursday 17 October) been convicted of 19 sexual offences, including indecent assault, buggery and possession of indecent images of children.

17/10/2013

CPS publishes fundamental new approach to prosecuting cases of Child Sexual Abuse as local government and Family Courts agree to share information for stronger prosecutions

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today (Thursday 17 October) set out the clear, agreed approach prosecutors will take to tackle cases of child sexual abuse after a public consultation showed widespread support for the CPS interim guidelines. A list of stereotypical behaviour previously thought to undermine the credibility of young victims is now included to dispel the associated myths when bringing a prosecution.

07/10/2013

Director of Public Prosecutions publishes fuller reasons for decision not to prosecute doctors over abortion case

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, issued the following statement today.

03/10/2013

Amanda Hutton guilty of manslaughter

Malcolm Taylor, from CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s Complex Casework Unit, said: "This was a truly tragic case involving the death of a little boy, Hamzah Khan, whose body, showing signs of extreme malnutrition, was discovered amidst scenes of the most appalling squalor at the family home in Bradford in September 2011. It is likely his body had lain undiscovered for the best part of two years.

01/10/2013

Six charged over £11m carbon credit fraud

Ms Jaswant Narwal, Deputy Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a thorough investigation by Kent Police, the CPS has authorised charges against six men in connection with an alleged carbon credit fraud which cost the public revenue in the region of £11m.

30/09/2013

Ben Ashford charged with possession of criminal property and unauthorised access to computer material

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Ben Ashford with one offence of possession of criminal property and one offence of unauthorised access to computer material.

27/09/2013

Nine charged over A4E fraud

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit, the CPS has authorised charges against six women and three men in connection with alleged fraudulent activity at Action 4 Employment (A4E), a social purpose company contracted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the 'Inspire to Aspire' employment and training scheme.

26/09/2013

Operation Imperial - three men charged

Statement from Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, CPS Cymru-Wales:

25/09/2013

Caroline Lucas MP Charged over Balcombe Fracking Protests

Nigel Pilkington, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service South East, said: "Following an investigation by Sussex police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in relation to Ms Caroline Lucas MP, who was arrested during the anti-fracking demonstrations at the Cuadrilla drilling site in Balcombe last month.

16/09/2013

Director of Public Prosecutions sets out charging standards for benefit and tax credit fraud

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today published new guidelines for prosecutors dealing with fraud cases involving state benefits and tax credits. The charging standards will ensure a robust prosecutorial position is taken against those who commit fraud against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and will ensure a consistent approach to prosecution across the wide spectrum of criminal fraud.

12/09/2013

Kevin Howe convicted of assisted attempted suicide

Kevin Howe has today been found guilty of assisted attempted suicide after intentionally supplying a man with the means to set himself on fire in Bishop Auckland in May.

12/09/2013

Operation Elveden: former Sun journalist to be charged

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This announcement relates to one file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police in relation to Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

10/09/2013

Statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, on the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said: "Following an investigation by Lancashire police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP which concerns allegations of a sexual nature.

07/09/2013

Man charged with murder of Rosemary Shearman

Simon Ringrose, Senior Lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Thomas Blazquez, 50, with the murder of Rosemary Shearman, 77, who was attacked in her home in Hornchurch, Essex, on 3 September.

06/09/2013

Five sentenced to total of 21 years for country's largest ever mortgage fraud

Five people from North Wales have been sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison at Mold Crown Court today (6 September 2013) for their parts in what the court heard was the biggest mortgage fraud ever investigated in England and Wales.

05/09/2013

CPS statement on abortion related case

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC said: "This was a very difficult and finely balanced decision. It was based on the individual facts of the case; it is not a policy decision. But in light of concerns raised today, I have decided that it would be sensible to put into the public domain the case specific reasons for not prosecuting in much greater detail. Clearly this will involve careful consideration of how much information can be put into the public domain by way of explanation, but my intention is for a fuller statement to made by the CPS in due course. In the mean time, I understand that the Health Secretary has written to the Attorney General asking for clarification and I am happy to assist him in any way."

04/09/2013

CPS statement on the conviction of Shahidul Ahmed

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This case involved the tragic murder of a young woman more than 12 years ago. Rachel Manning, who was trying to find her way home after a night out, had the misfortune to come across Ahmed.

03/09/2013

CPS charging announcement in relation to Daniel Evans

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "The CPS has concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Daniel Evans with four offences in connection with the phone hacking investigations.

29/08/2013

CPS authorises charge for murder of Sabrina Moss

Sarah Maclaren, from CPS London Homicide Unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today, 29 August, authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Martell Warren, 22, with the murder of Sabrina Moss, who was fatally shot in Kilburn in the early hours of Saturday 24 August 2013.

29/08/2013

Operation Yewtree: Rolf Harris charged with 13 offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised police to charge Rolf Harris with nine counts of indecent assault, contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and four counts of making indecent images of a child contrary to section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978.

27/08/2013

Man faces charge of assisted attempted suicide

Elizabeth Reid, specialist prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have concluded that Kevin Howe should face one charge of assisted attempted suicide in relation to an incident on 26 May 2013 in Bishop Auckland, in which a man was severely burnt.

23/08/2013

Football hooligans face ban from World Cup and Euros under CPS guidelines

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have today (23 August 2013) published a joint policy for dealing with violence, disorder, criminal damage and abuse in and around football matches this season.

22/08/2013

Three serving prisoners to be charged with false imprisonment of HMP Full Sutton officer

Rakesh Sarin, a lawyer in the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by the police's North East Counter Terrorism Unit, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges against three men currently detained in prison.

22/08/2013

Op Yewtree: CPS advises no further action against two suspects

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to a man aged 59 arrested in West London on 2 January 2013 and a man aged 53 arrested in Hampshire on 2 January 2013 in relation to possible offences of a sexual nature. The CPS received a full file of evidence in relation to both men on 2 August 2013.

20/08/2013

Operation Elveden: Former Daily Mirror journalist and eight others to be charged

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This announcement relates to five files of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service.

19/08/2013

Two men charged with £1 million gift aid tax relief fraud

Jaswant Narwal, deputy head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs, we have authorised charges against two individuals in connection with an alleged tax relief fraud that, potentially, could have cost the public revenue in the region of £1m.

15/08/2013

Operation Yewtree: David Patrick Griffin charged with 12 offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised police to charge David Patrick Griffin – also known as Dave Lee Travis - with 11 counts of indecent assault, contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and one count of sexual assault contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

15/08/2013

Seven charged following investigation into 2010 collapse of Crown Currency Exchange Ltd

Five men and two women have today (August 15) been charged following an investigation into the collapse of currency exchange company, Crown Currency Exchange, and two associated companies.

15/08/2013

Father found guilty of stealing from son's cancer funds

Kevin Wright was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court today (15 August) of stealing money from funds he set up to finance overseas cancer treatment for his son and three other children.

12/08/2013

Cambridgeshire UKIP candidate Hugh Mennie to be charged over false statements in nomination papers

Simon Ringrose, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Following an investigation by Cambridgeshire Police, we have decided that Hugh Mennie, who ran as a UKIP candidate in a local Council election in May 2013, should be charged with making false statements in a nomination form.

09/08/2013

Man convicted of laundering proceeds of radiologist wife's £1.2m private hospital fraud

A 64-year-old man has been found guilty of money laundering in relation to a fraud of more than £1.2m perpetrated by his wife against her employers.

07/08/2013

Statement from CPS on case of Neil Wilson

A CPS spokesperson said: "The word predatory in this context should not have been used and is of real concern to the CPS. It is not consistent with the work that we have undertaken alongside the judiciary and others in the past year to improve attitudes towards victims of abuse.

05/08/2013

Gross negligence manslaughter charge over bull attack

Alison Norton, Specialist Prosecutor handling Special Crime in the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have carefully examined the evidence gathered by Nottinghamshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigations into the death of Roger Freeman.

31/07/2013

Couple found guilty of murdering four-year-old Daniel Pelka

A mother and her partner have today been found guilty of the murder of her four-year-old son, Daniel Pelka, who died on 3 March 2012 in Coventry.

31/07/2013

Three convicted of attacking retired Indian General in London

Mandeep Sandhu, Dilbag Singh and Harjit Kaur were today convicted at Southwark Crown Court for grievous bodily harm on retired Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar, aged 78. The attack took place whilst he was on holiday in London with his wife on 30 September 2012. Barjinder Sangha previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

31/07/2013

Operation Elveden: Decision to take no further action in relation to three members of newspaper staff

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "On 5 April 2013, the CPS received a file as part of Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

31/07/2013

Court of Appeal assisted suicide judgment - CPS statement

Keir Starmer, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "While I respect the carefully considered judgment of the Court of Appeal, I think it would be sensible for the CPS, if possible, to have the benefit of the views of the Supreme Court before any amendments are made to the DPP's Guidelines in this important and sensitive area of the law."

26/07/2013

CPS decision on female genital mutilation case

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS has been looking at eight cases of FGM, four of which are re-reviews of previous cases and four are new cases that have been referred to us for consideration and which we have been liaising with police on.

24/07/2013

Three men guilty of sexual exploitation offences in Manchester

Three men have been found guilty by a jury at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court of the serious sexual exploitation of two young girls in Manchester.

23/07/2013

Nicholas Jacobs charged with murder of PC Keith Blakelock

Nicholas Jacobs (DOB: 30/10/1968) has today been charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock on 6 October 1985.

23/07/2013

New Director of Public Prosecutions appointed

Alison Saunders CB has been announced as the new Director of Public Prosecutions at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the Attorney General, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP.

22/07/2013

Two men involved in Selfridges £1.5 million smash and grab raid jailed

Connor Groake and Sam Curtin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking at Kingston Crown Court today. Curtin was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment and Groake was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.

22/07/2013

Four sentenced over £5 million film industry tax fraud

Anish Anand, Amit Kumar, Sanjeev Mirajkar and Afsana Karim have today been sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for cheating the public revenue of more than £5m.

22/07/2013

Two men charged with sexual assault at London children's home in 1980s

Kay Scudder, a prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit of CPS London, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service into allegations of child sexual assault committed against seven residents of the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, London, we have today authorised charges against two individuals; John Stingemore, aged 71, and Tony McSweeney, aged 66.

19/07/2013

Mark Lancaster sentenced for voyeurism and trafficking offences in student scholarship scam

Mark Lancaster was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court today. He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism and one count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

18/07/2013

Ashley Foster convicted of the manslaughter of church organist Alan Greaves

Gavin Hotchkiss, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "Alan Greaves was killed in a brutal, senseless and random attack which rocked the local community.

18/07/2013

Carl Mills convicted of murder

Nicola Rees, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "Carl Mills was responsible for starting a devastating fire that had distressing and tragic consequences.

18/07/2013

Gross negligence manslaughter charge over balcony fall death of two-year-old

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully reviewed all evidence in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl in Sheffield who tragically fell from the fourth floor of an apartment block where she lived in June 2012.

17/07/2013

New DPP guidance on concurrent jurisdiction published

CPS statement on the new DPP guidance on concurrent jurisdiction

16/07/2013

Reform of disclosure management following R v Mouncher (Lynette White)

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today published the full report by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), undertaken at his request, into disclosure issues that arose in the case of R v Mouncher and others.

12/07/2013

Dave McLuckie jailed for perverting course of justice

Dave McLuckie, the former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, has been jailed today after being found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of perverting the course of justice.

12/07/2013

London woman sentenced for bigamy and inheritance tax fraud

A London woman has today (Friday 12 July) been sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years and 180 hours unpaid work for bigamy and false accounting.

11/07/2013

Denis MacShane to face false accounting charge in relation to parliamentary expenses claims

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, today announced that proceedings have been instituted against Denis MacShane, former Member of Parliament for Rotherham, and he is required to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on a date yet to be determined to face a single charge in relation to claims he made for parliamentary expenses.

10/07/2013

Record year for convictions in Violence against Women and Girls

In the second year of record conviction rates for rape and domestic violence for the CPS, analysis indicates that convictions have also improved in every other area of recorded Violence against Women and Girls prosecutions.

08/07/2013

Operation Elveden: prison officer, three journalists and member of the public to be charged

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

05/07/2013

Five convicted over Derby local election fraud

Nasreen Akhtar, polling station clerk at the Madeley Centre Polling Station, has today pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office for helping her nieces to cast fraudulent votes in the 2012 local government election in Derby.

05/07/2013

CPS statement on the Azelle Rodney Inquiry Report

A CPS spokesperson said: "The Crown Prosecution Service concluded in July 2006 that there was insufficient evidence to start a criminal prosecution against any person following the death of Azelle Rodney in April 2005. That decision was taken by the CPS Special Crime Division after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

28/06/2013

Father and Son Haulage Firm Owners Sentenced for Manslaughter of driver

A father and son have today (Friday 28 June) been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison at St. Albans Crown Court after being found guilty of the manslaughter - on the basis of gross negligence - of Stephen Kenyon, a driver employed at their haulage firm.

28/06/2013

Anthony Still convicted of blackmailing businessman

Anthony Still has been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of blackmailing a businessman who paid him £600,000 to stop him revealing details about a secret affair. The businessman, known in court as 'Barnaby', decided he could no longer go on paying and went to the police last year. Still was jailed for 11 years.

28/06/2013

Esso and Austin & Mclean Ltd plead guilty to Health and Safety offences in relation to worker's death

Gaon Hart, Senior Crown Advocate for the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Juan Quintanilla Romero died tragically and unnecessarily on 30 August 2008 when a fuel pipe collapsed on him as he worked on a fuel tanker docked at Fawley Refinery, Southampton."

27/06/2013

Seven men jailed over Oxford child sexual exploitation case

Seven men have today been jailed for a total of 95 years following an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Oxford.

25/06/2013

Wendell Baker convicted in double jeopardy rape case

Wendell Baker was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the rape of Hazel Backwell in January 1997.

24/06/2013

New agreement to promote effective working in inquest cases

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Chief Coroner and the Coroners' Society to establish best practice in the handling of cases where it is suspected that a serious criminal offence may have caused the death of an individual.

21/06/2013

Jeremy Forrest sentencing

The Sussex schoolteacher who fled to France with one of his pupils has today (Friday 21 June) pleaded guilty to an additional five charges of sexual activity with a child.

21/06/2013

Operation Elveden: Two Sun journalists and former Broadmoor healthcare assistant to be charged

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

20/06/2013

Jeremy Forrest convicted of child abduction

A Sussex schoolteacher who fled to France with one of his pupils has been found guilty of abducting a child.

20/06/2013

Man to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter over deaths at 'The Old Maltings' building site

Gaon Hart, a Senior Crown Advocate in the Special Crime Division for the CPS, said: "The CPS carefully reviewed all of the evidence gathered by Suffolk Police during their investigation into the tragic deaths of Matthew Skeet, 19, and Kevin Ruffles, 57, on 21 October 2010.

20/06/2013

DPP publishes final guidelines for prosecutions involving social media communications

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today published final guidelines for prosecutors on the approach they should take in cases involving communications sent via social media.

18/06/2013

Serial rapist Brian Witty is convicted of three further rapes between 1989 and 1998 and sentenced to life imprisonment

Witty was convicted today at Kingston Crown Court, a year after he was convicted at the same court for three other rapes and one sexual assault. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 12 years for each count.

18/06/2013

Former Exeter City Council housing officer charged over alleged payments

Colin Gibbs, senior lawyer in Special Crime Division for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Having carefully considered all the available evidence I have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Anthony Bodgin, for allegedly making and receiving unauthorised payments of over £700,000 whilst an employee of Exeter City Council.

18/06/2013

Michael Chudley jailed for murder of solicitor

Rachael Marshall, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wessex, said: "This was a calmly premeditated attack and Michael Chudley was fully responsible for his actions at the time he shot James Ward.

18/06/2013

Operation Elveden: Sun journalist Nick Parker and prison officer Lee Brockhouse to be charged - UPDATED

Please see an update to the statement below: the first court date has now moved from 11 to 18 July.

17/06/2013

Five men and one woman charged with child sexual exploitation offences

The Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside has authorised South Yorkshire Police (on 4 June 2013) to charge five men and one woman with offences relating to child sexual exploitation.

13/06/2013

CPS statement - Cregan and others

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service and Greater Manchester Police have been determined to bring to justice all those involved in the four murders and the attempted murders in this case.

12/06/2013

Constance Briscoe charged with intending to pervert the course of justice

Deborah Walsh, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We have today authorised the Kent and Essex Police Serious Crime Directorate to charge Constance Briscoe with two counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

11/06/2013

CPS publishes guidelines on prosecutors' approach to Child Sexual Abuse cases

Ground breaking new guidelines for prosecutors on how to tackle cases involving child sexual abuse have today been issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions and will take immediate effect. At the same time, the College of Policing has issued guidance for investigators and both documents are now open to a three month public consultation.

06/06/2013

William Roache charged with five indecent assaults

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Lancashire Police to charge William Roache with five indecent assaults against four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. Three of the offences allegedly took place in 1965 and two in 1968. He has been bailed to appear before Preston Magistrates' Court on 7 June 2013.

06/06/2013

CPS statement on the conviction of Matthew Tvrdon in Cardiff hit-and-run case

Grenville Barker, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales said: "The distressing incidents of 19 October last year led to the tragic death of Karina Menzies, as well as life threatening and life changing injuries for a number of others.

05/06/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS concludes it is no longer in the public interest to prosecute Virginia Wheeler

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the on-going phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

04/06/2013

DPP enshrines victims' right to review of prosecution decisions

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today (5 June 2013) launched a new policy that enshrines a victim's right to request a review of any decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service to not charge a suspect or to stop a prosecution.

31/05/2013

'Most wanted' fugitive jailed for £11m tax fraud

Jonathan Nugent was identified by HM Revenue and Customs as a wanted tax fugitive who fled the country shortly before his trial in 2000 for what is commonly known as 'MTIC' or carousel fraud. Today, he has been jailed at Manchester Crown Court for four and a half years following a successful application from the CPS to have him extradited.

30/05/2013

Mark Bridger convicted for murder of April Jones

Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, said: "We welcome today's verdict, which brings to a close a difficult and challenging prosecution.

29/05/2013

Michael Adebowale charged with murdering Drummer Lee Rigby

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Michael Adebowale with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby on 22 May in Woolwich, London.

22/05/2013

Man charged over 1982 Hyde Park bomb

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has been investigating the explosion near Hyde Park in London which occurred on 20 July 1982. We have reviewed the evidence gathered and authorised them to charge John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland.

21/05/2013

Allan Turnbull jailed for three years for manslaughter of shipyard worker

Alison Norton, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "This was a tragic case in which Kenneth Joyce, a shipyard worker, died when unstable steelwork knocked over the cherry picker he was riding in, throwing him some ten metres to the ground before further steelwork then fell on top of him.

20/05/2013

Neville Neville charged with sexual assault

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Neville Neville, aged 63, from Bury, Greater Manchester with sexual assault.