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03/11/2014

Youth sentenced for murder of Ann Maguire

Peter Mann, Head of CPS Yorkshire and Humberside's Complex Casework Unit, said: "This tragic case has shocked the nation. On Monday, 28 April 2014, William Cornick, then aged 15, repeatedly stabbed Ann Maguire, his Spanish teacher, in a classroom and fatally wounded her in front of her pupils.

29/10/2014

John Lowe convicted of murders of Christine and Lucy Lee

An 82-year-old man who shot dead a mother and daughter at his home near Farnham, Surrey, has been convicted of their murders.

23/10/2014

Conviction rate for hate crime at all-time high

Almost 85% of hate crime prosecutions now result in a conviction, according to the CPS' 7th Hate Crimes and Crimes against Older People Report, which has been published today. As the number of cases referred to the CPS has also increased, so have the proportion which are taken forward to court - indicating that stronger cases are being prepared (almost 80% of hate crime referrals (79.3%) from the police result in a decision to prosecute).

21/10/2014

Man convicted for attempted murder of three sisters

Philip Spence was convicted today at Southwark Crown Court for the attempted murder of three sisters at the Cumberland Hotel on 6 April 2014.

16/10/2014

Director of Public Prosecutions responds to Supreme Court on assisted suicide policy

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today clarified the CPS Policy on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide in light of the recent comments of the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson and others.

16/10/2014

No further action to be taken following the death of Andrew Pimlott

Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.

13/10/2014

Ex-MEP charged with fraud offences and misconduct in public office

Zoe Martin, of the CPS Special Crime Division said, "The CPS has today issued charges against Ashley Mote of obtaining a money transfer by deception, fraud by false representation, false accounting, receiving the proceeds of crime and misconduct in public office. We have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

10/10/2014

Operation Yewtree: No further action to be taken in respect of two men

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no further action should be taken against two men investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree. The men, aged 65 and 75, were arrested on 29 October 2013 over allegations of sexual offences said to have taken place over a two year period in the early 1980s.

07/10/2014

Charging decisions on perverting the course of justice and perjury allegations in the Sean Rigg investigation

On 21 August 2008, Sean Rigg was arrested and taken to Brixton Police station by police van. A decision was made by the custody sergeant that Mr Rigg should remain inside the police van until the custody area had been cleared of other prisoners and members of the public. Mr Rigg remained inside the police van for a total of 11 minutes before being placed in the caged area outside the custody suite. Once inside this area, Mr Rigg showed signs of being unwell. Medical assistance was sought, but his condition deteriorated. An ambulance was called and Mr Rigg died shortly after arriving at King’s College Hospital.

06/10/2014

Crown Prosecution Service offers clear guidance for prosecutors on 'revenge pornography'

The CPS has today updated its legal guidance regarding the prosecution of communications sent via social media with a clear section that explains how current legislation can be used to prosecute offences involving the malicious use of intimate media, sometimes referred to as 'revenge pornography'.

03/10/2014

One individual informed that no further action will be taken in relation to two counts including conspiracy to intercept phone voicemail messages

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service said, "The CPS has today [3 October 2014] decided that no further action will be taken in relation to an individual arrested on 30 August 2012, concerning allegations of conspiracy to intercept phone voicemail messages and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

03/10/2014

Man and wife sentenced following the sale of fraudulent bomb detectors

Samuel and Joan Tree, from Dunstable, have today been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court, for an offence contrary to section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006. Samuel Tree has been sentenced to three and a half years and Joan Tree has been handed a two year suspended sentence with 300 hours community service. This is the last of four trials which relate to sales of fraudulent bomb detectors.

02/10/2014

Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order

Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.

01/10/2014

DPP publishes final standards for all prosecutors

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.

25/09/2014

Man convicted of 'Ponzi' investment scheme, taking £2.3 million from 28 victims

Geoffrey Langdale, from North Yorkshire, has today [Thursday 25 September 2014] been sentenced to six years at Bradford Crown Court after he was found guilty of running a 'Ponzi' investment scheme.

24/09/2014

Man to be charged over Iraqi road side bombs

Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, I have today authorised charges against Anis Abid Sardar in connection to a number of road side improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered from the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2007.

23/09/2014

CPS statement on David Griffin

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS in London, said: "David Griffin, also known as Dave Lee Travis, indecently assaulted a young woman by touching her in a way that was not only deeply invasive but also against the law. We thank the jury for their careful consideration in this case and we respect all the verdicts of the court today.

17/09/2014

Decision of no further action against two journalists concerning allegations of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service said, “The CPS has today [17 September 2014] decided in relation to two individuals, both journalists, that no further action will be taken concerning allegations of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

17/09/2014

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to face no further action over alleged disclosure of sensitive information

Luke Bulpitt, a specialist prosecutor with the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “In August 2014, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) asked the CPS to consider whether Olly Martins, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), should face a charge of misconduct in public office.

15/09/2014

One woman charged with encouraging or assisting suicide

Emma Crossman died on 15 January 2014, having taken her own life using equipment that had allegedly been bought for her by her friend Milly Caller. The CPS has today [15 September 2014] charged Milly Caller with encouraging or assisting suicide.

15/09/2014

Corporate manslaughter charge for death of crane driver

The CPS has today [Monday 15 September] announced that Baldwins Crane Hire Limited has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of Lindsay Easton.

11/09/2014

New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims

As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court - cases which may not have been charged under previous law.

08/09/2014

Financial Controller steals over £788,000 from her employer to fund a lavish lifestyle buying horses and building an equestrian arena

Collette Wilson pleaded guilty to stealing £788,340 from Boxing Orange Ltd. while she worked as Financial Controller and Company Secretary.

05/09/2014

No further action relating to two individuals in relation to allegations of misconduct in public office or conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service said, "The CPS has decided in relation to two individuals, a police officer and his wife, that no further action will be taken in relation to allegations of misconduct in public office or alternatively conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

03/09/2014

Man sentenced for eBay tax evasion totalling almost £300,000

John Woolfenden was sentenced yesterday at Bolton Crown Court to two years imprisonment for two counts of cheating the public revenue and one count of concealing or transferring criminal property. Woolfenden evaded paying £299,752.93 in revenue whilst trading on eBay over a period of six years and pleaded guilty to the charges. It is the responsibility of private traders to disclose their earnings and pay correct amounts of tax, this is not the responsibility of online trading sites such as eBay.

02/09/2014

CPS stops proceedings in relation to Brett and Naghmeh King

A CPS spokesperson said: "In light of further evidence received by the CPS we have arranged for the discharge of the European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) in relation to Brett and Naghmeh King. The CPS has urgently reviewed the case and we consider there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any criminal offence. We have therefore decided to stop the criminal proceedings.

27/08/2014

One individual conditionally cautioned for misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "In November 2013 the CPS received a file concerning an allegation against one individual, a former soldier, of misconduct in public office.

21/08/2014

Charging decision concerning MPS Special Demonstration Squad

The CPS received a file in relation to a number of police officers under Operation Aubusson, a subset of Operation Herne, which is an investigation into the activities of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Special Demonstration Squad. The evidence in this case relates to alleged sexual misconduct. In reviewing the case we have considered whether there is sufficient evidence to allow charges of rape, indecent assault, procuring a woman to have sexual intercourse by false pretences, misconduct in public office and breaches of the Official Secrets Act.

21/08/2014

CPS secures first ever recovery of criminal assets from United Arab Emirates

Following extensive work both in the UK and Dubai, the new CPS Proceeds of Crime Service (CPSPOC) in London, working closely with the recently deployed CPS Asset Recovery Advisor in Dubai, has secured what is believed to be the first ever successful enforcement of a UK confiscation order in the UAE. The UK has recovered over £300,000 from the sale of an apartment in Dubai Marina belonging to a convicted British criminal.

19/08/2014

Charles Napier to face 21 charges of child sexual abuse

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to allegations concerning Charles Napier, a teacher at the time of the alleged offending between 1968 and 1973.

18/08/2014

Three men convicted for the murder of Sabrina Moss

Martell Warren, Hassan Hussain and Yassin James were convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Sabrina Moss on 24 August 2013 in Kilburn. They were also convicted for the attempted murders of Sabrina Gachette, Mahad Ahmed and Edson Da Silva. Simon Baptiste was convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

15/08/2014

One individual charged and one summonsed for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

A CPS spokesperson said: "In February 2014 the CPS received a file from the Metropolitan Police, supplemented by further evidence on 12 June 2014. We have today authorised the police to summons Ryan Sabey, a former News of the World journalist, and charge Paul Brunt, a serving soldier at the time of the offence, with an offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

15/08/2014

One individual cautioned for an offence and no further action against another individual for perjury and PCJ

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "In April 2014 the CPS received a file as part of Operation Tuleta. The file concerned allegations against two individuals of perverting the course of justice and perjury, and an additional allegation of unauthorised access to computer material against the second individual. In relation to the allegations of perjury and perverting the course of justice, it has been decided that no further action should be taken, as there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any offence.

12/08/2014

One charged for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "In April 2014 the CPS received a file from the Metropolitan Police and we have today authorised the police to charge Anthony France with two offences of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

11/08/2014

Court refuses to write off Terry Adams debt

A judge today decided that a confiscation order now worth £653,947.74 against Terry Adams remains in force.

08/08/2014

No further action to be taken following the death of Habib Ullah

Habib Ullah, 39, tragically died on Thursday, 3 July 2008 in High Wycombe following a drugs search by Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers.

30/07/2014

Perfusionists convicted of fraud against NHS

Three men and one woman were convicted today at Basildon Crown Court for one count each of conspiracy to defraud.

30/07/2014

Former police officer charged with murder of Azelle Rodney

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Azelle Rodney died after the discharge of a police firearm on 30 April 2005.

30/07/2014

Operation Pinetree: two charged

In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police Service submitted evidence for charging advice to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the News of the World. Additional evidence in the case was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the News of the World. On 16 July 2014, the CPS announced that six of those individuals would face no further action whilst the evidence in relation to two further suspects remained under review. That review has now concluded.

29/07/2014

Eight sentenced after top London cancer hospital defrauded of £640,000

Eight people were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today (Tuesday, 29 July) after fraudsters fleeced a top London cancer hospital of more than £640,000.

25/07/2014

Woman who holidayed in Goa while claiming £134k benefits jailed for 27 months

A woman who claimed £134,000 in benefits while holidaying in Goa was jailed for 27 months today (Friday, 25 July).

23/07/2014

Ex-MEP Nicole Sinclaire charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office

Simon Orme, Specialist Lawyer with the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "The CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Ms Nicole Sinclaire, former MEP for the West Midlands, with the offences of money laundering and misconduct in public office.

21/07/2014

DPP launches support package for victims

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today launched a wide ranging support package for victims of crime. Dedicated units of trained staff are now up and running across England and Wales and the final Victims' Right to Review scheme is being published alongside almost a year of statistics from the interim scheme, launched last June.

18/07/2014

Surgery manager charged with NHS fraud after undercover sting

Ben Reid, a prosecutor with the Specialist Fraud Division at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have authorised Asif Butt to be charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

16/07/2014

Operation Pinetree: CPS charging decisions

In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police Service submitted evidence for charging advice to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the News of the World. Additional evidence in the case was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the News of the World.

14/07/2014

24 people charged with £400,000 DWP benefit fraud

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, said: “Following an investigation by the Central Criminal Investigation Service, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the CPS has authorised charges against 18 men and six women, all of whom live or work in London, in connection with alleged benefit fraud.

14/07/2014

Two men sentenced for the murder of Zafer Eren

Jamie Marsh-Smith and Samuel Zerei were sentenced to life imprisonment today (14 July 2014) at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Zafer Eren in April 2013. Marsh-Smith was also sentenced for the attempted murder of Inan Eren and the attempted murder of his accomplice, and co-defendant, Zerei. Both were found guilty on 10 July 2014.

11/07/2014

12 years for human traffickers who conned young woman

Three people who trafficked a young Nigerian woman into the UK intent on prostituting her in Italy were jailed for a combined total of 12 years at the Old Bailey today [Friday, 11 July].

04/07/2014

Carl Ryan charged with 6 counts of misconduct in public office

Sally Walsh, a senior lawyer with the CPS Special Crime Division said: “The CPS has authorised the Independent Police Complaints Commission to charge Carl Ryan with six separate offences of misconduct in public office.

01/07/2014

DPP announces highest ever conviction rate for domestic violence at Women's Aid conference

The Director of Public Prosecutions, speaking at the Women's Aid national conference in Birmingham on 2 July, will announce the highest ever recorded conviction rate for domestic violence prosecutions.

30/06/2014

Rolf Harris convicted

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS in London, said: "Rolf Harris used his status and position as a world famous children's entertainer to sexually assault young girls over a period spanning 18 years.

30/06/2014

Man charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Alan Hagan and to summons a journalist for an offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

27/06/2014

Patrick Rock charged

On the authority of the CPS, the National Crime Agency has today charged Patrick Rock, 63, a former Whitehall adviser, with three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possession of 59 indecent images of children. He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday 3 July 2014.

25/06/2014

CPS hacking trial statement

Greg McGill, a senior lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This case was not about whether phone hacking took place or whether public officials were paid for information; there are a significant number of recent convictions which show that both did happen.

20/06/2014

Susan and Christopher Edwards convicted of murder

A Nottinghamshire couple have been convicted of murder following the discovery of their parents' bodies under a patio in October last year.

20/06/2014

Tobacco smuggler jailed for 2 years after attempting to evade nearly £1m in excise duty

Ramji Kanth has today (20th June) been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for an attempt to fraudulently evade nearly £1m worth of excise duty on cigarettes that he was found to be bringing into the country.

06/06/2014

CPS and police announce new measures to tackle rape

The Director of Public Prosecutions and the national policing lead for adult sexual offences have today announced major new action to tackle rape, and are together calling for a renewed challenge against persistent myths and stereotypes they believe are still having a negative impact on cases.

05/06/2014

Paul Gadd charged with eight offences

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to Paul Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter. He was arrested on 28 October 2012 over allegations of sexual offences and the police have been providing material to the CPS since July 2013, with the most recent material submitted in March 2014.

04/06/2014

Man faces charge of misconduct in public office

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to summons Paul Randall for an offence of misconduct in public office.

03/06/2014

Man charged over deaths of workers at Hampshire fruit farm

Piers Arnold, specialist lawyer for the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully reviewed all the evidence gathered during the joint investigation by Hampshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into the tragic deaths of Scott Cain, 23, and Ashley Clarke, 24, who died working on a farm in Hampshire on 18 February 2013.

29/05/2014

Woman posed as spiritual healer to con vulnerable victims out of thousands

Juliette D'Souza, 59, (D.O.B 11/09/54) was convicted today at Blackfriars Crown Court of 20 counts of obtaining property by deception and three counts of fraud. She will be sentenced tomorrow at Blackfriars Crown Court.

29/05/2014

Blitz on homophobic hate crime launched in schools

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today launched a new anti-hate crime education campaign in schools to help young people tackle homophobic and transphobic abuse.

22/05/2014

Operation Yewtree: Christopher Denning to be charged with 41 offences

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Christopher Denning, who was initially arrested on 3 June 2013 over allegations of sexual offences. A full file of evidence was passed to the CPS on 6 March 2014.

16/05/2014

CPS statement on Stuart Hall

A CPS spokesperson said: “Stuart Hall has been convicted of two indecent assaults and found not guilty of a number of further alleged sexual offences against two girls under the age of 16 in the 1970s.

14/05/2014

Proposed guidance to help prosecutors spot signs of domestic violence against teenagers and pensioners

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today proposed changes to the way the CPS considers domestic violence cases that would instruct prosecutors to consider the use of social media, gang culture and peer pressure when looking at cases involving teenagers.

06/05/2014

Freddie Starr - charging decisions

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Freddie Starr should not be prosecuted for any offence.

02/05/2014

DPP statement following Clifford case

Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said: "The prosecution in this case has proved Max Clifford's guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the jury in this case decided that they were sure Max Clifford was guilty on eight of the eleven counts brought to court. He has rightly been held to account and sentenced today for his crimes.

30/04/2014

CPS charging decision - Death of Ann Maguire

Peter Mann, Head of the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Complex Casework Unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with the death of Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, on Monday 28 April.

28/04/2014

CPS statement - Max Clifford

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Today's verdicts provide a long-denied justice to the victims of serious sexual offences.

23/04/2014

'Globetrotting' woman jailed for large scale benefit fraud

Tracy Johnson has today been jailed for one year having been convicted of 13 counts of benefit fraud at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

16/04/2014

Paul Flowers charged with drug possession

Clare Stevens, from CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s Complex Casework Unit, said: "We have carefully considered a file of evidence gathered by West Yorkshire Police in relation to alleged criminal offences committed by Paul Flowers in Bradford in November 2013.

11/04/2014

Sir Norman Bettison and alleged theft/handling of platinum

Sir Norman Bettison and alleged theft/handling of platinum – review of Derbyshire Police charging recommendation, conducted on behalf of South Yorkshire Police

09/04/2014

CPS Statement on the acquittal of Nicholas Jacobs

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "This case was charged under the Full Code Test of the Code for Crown Prosecutors following a review of the material from all three police investigations spanning more than 20 years.

08/04/2014

Two charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to commit forgery

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge both Kenneth Hall and Karen Hall, who are husband and wife, with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery.

08/04/2014

Diplomatic Protection Group officer charged under Obscene Publications Act

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have been asked to review a file of evidence submitted by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Department of Professional Standards concerning alleged offences under the Obscene Publications Act.

07/04/2014

Two prisoners sentenced for threatening to kill prison officer

Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale were today sentenced at the Old Bailey for making threats to kill against a prison officer at HMP Full Sutton on 26 May 2013. Feroz Khan was also sentenced for one count of grievous bodily harm (section 20, Offences Against the Person Act) against the officer and was jailed for a total of six years. Fuad Awale was also jailed for six years. Both sentences will run consecutively to sentences currently being served.

07/04/2014

DPP puts victims at the heart of new standards for all prosecutors

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today set new standards for the work of prosecutors, publishing what she expects of those prosecuting crime for the CPS. The new Casework Quality Standards apply to all cases prosecuted by the CPS and specifically address what victims can expect from those who prosecute on their behalf.

27/03/2014

Dr Majeed Ridha charged over supply of abortion drug

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Dr Majeed Ridha with allegedly encouraging or assisting either (i) the administration of a drug called Misoprostol with intent to procure a miscarriage or (ii) the supply of a drug called Misoprostol for the purpose of procuring a miscarriage. This charge relates to an investigation by The Sunday Times newspaper involving an undercover journalist conducted in September 2012.

27/03/2014

Peter Ball (former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes) - charging decision

The Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed the evidence gathered by Sussex Police during its investigation into allegations of abuse by Peter Ball, formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Lewes. Mr Ball, 82, will be prosecuted for misconduct in public office and indecent assault.

26/03/2014

Soldier charged with explosives and terrorism offences

Jane Stansfield, of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by police of the North West Counter Terrorism Command, we have today authorised charges against Ryan Adam McGee, a serving Rifleman with 5th Battalion the Rifles at the time of his arrest.

25/03/2014

CPS decision on suspected fraud investigated by Northamptonshire Police

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of the CPS Special Crime Division said: "The CPS received a file of evidence from Northamptonshire Police in relation to a 54-year-old woman and her 61-year-old husband on 13 November 2013. Having carefully considered all of the available evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have decided there is insufficient evidence to charge any criminal offence.

24/03/2014

Derbyshire priest sentenced for historic child abuse

A former priest from Derbyshire has been sentenced for over 20 sexual offences against young people, dating back over several decades. The offences were described by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith as ‘a betrayal of trust that devastated the lives of his victims’.

21/03/2014

Two charged over the traceability of horsemeat

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a joint investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Calderdale Council, criminal proceedings have been instituted against two individuals for failing to comply with the traceability requirements of horses slaughtered at and sold from premises in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

21/03/2014

Two charged over the mislabelling of goat meat

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a joint investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Ceredigion Council, criminal proceedings have been instituted against two individuals and a company in relation to the alleged mislabelling of goat meat products intended for sale.

21/03/2014

First prosecutions for female genital mutilation

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today announced the first ever prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

14/03/2014

Royal Barnes jailed for inciting terrorism overseas

Royal Barnes was today jailed at the Old Bailey for five years and four months for inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to section 59 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and three counts of disseminating terrorist publications, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

05/03/2014

CPS decisions in Operation Sacristy - investigation into Cleveland Police and Cleveland Police Authority

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Operation Sacristy was a wide-ranging and detailed investigation into suspected criminal offences in connection with the administration of Cleveland Police and Cleveland Police Authority.

05/03/2014

Operation Globe: Woman charged with indecent images offences

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with offences relating to the possession and distribution of indecent images.

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.

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 and 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.

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 - UPDATED

PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROSECUTION WAS STAYED ON 25 FEBRUARY 2014

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.

17/05/2013

Former Royal Academy of Music employee jailed for fraud

Steven Newell, former Head of Technology at the Royal Academy of Music, was today sentenced for three counts contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006. He was jailed for two years and six months.

17/05/2013

Two convicted of ill-treatment of patients at Solar Centre

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Susan Murphy and James Hinds have today been found guilty of the ill-treatment of patients at the Solar Centre in Doncaster.

17/05/2013

Gross negligence manslaughter charge over death of cricket ground worker

Zoe Martin, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully considered all the available evidence in relation to the tragic death of Philip Carsley, who died on 8 February 2010 when a concrete wall fell on him during the construction of two new spectator stands at the Rose Bowl, now the Ageas Bowl, Cricket Ground in Hampshire.

16/05/2013

LulzSec computer hackers jailed for a total of 7 years

Ryan Cleary, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis and Ryan Ackroyd were sentenced today at Southwark Crown Court for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

15/05/2013

Decision on file of evidence arising from Operation Weeting

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 Weeting.

14/05/2013

CPS statement on Oxford child abuse case

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: "The abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling. No-one, let alone a child, should ever be exploited as these young victims were. To all who bravely came forward to provide evidence for the prosecution, I say a heart-felt thank you. You have enabled your abusers to face trial and be brought to justice.

14/05/2013

Operation Elveden - Clodagh Hartley, Jonathan Hall and Marta Bukarewicz are charged

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.

14/05/2013

CPS statement on former Hampshire police officer charged with misconduct in public office

Zoe Martin, specialist prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Rebecca Swanston, a former police officer with Hampshire Constabulary, today appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court charged with three counts of misconduct in public office.

13/05/2013

Stuart Hazell convicted of murder

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "This was an appalling and unthinkable crime, made worse by Hazell's efforts to hide Tia's body and disrupt the police investigation. As an adult and trusted family member, he had responsibility for ensuring Tia's safety. Instead, he abused and murdered her.

09/05/2013

Two teenagers sentenced for killing of Paula Castle

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Paula Castle, an 85 year old woman, was on her way home from the shops in Greenford where she lived when she was attacked and robbed of her handbag. Mrs Castle had a heart condition and was partially sighted. Her robbers targeted her as she was vulnerable and, tragically, she later died from the injuries she sustained during the attack.

09/05/2013

CPS publishes Guidance on Charging Offences arising from Driving Incidents following public consultation

The Crown Prosecution Service has today published its Guidance on Charging Offences arising from Driving Incidents. The two most significant changes from previous guidance concern drivers in emergencies and deaths where the victim is a close friend or relative of the driver.

08/05/2013

CPS statement on sentencing of Melanie Smith

Karen Dixon, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, said: "Melanie Smith has today been sentenced for starting a devastating fire that had an immensely distressing outcome. She did so knowing that a family with children lived in the flat upstairs and with no regard for the consequences.

07/05/2013

CPS East of England advises charges over three bodies found in Cambridgeshire

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East of England, Grace Ononiwu, said: "We have today advised Cambridgeshire police that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Joanna Dennehy over the deaths of three men whose bodies were found in ditches in Cambridgeshire.

03/05/2013

Operation Sacha: CPS decides David Johnson will face prosecution

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 Sacha, which is the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice relating to Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden.

03/05/2013

PCSO convicted of drug dealing and misconduct in public office

Mark Auty, specialist prosecutor in the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Oguz Batmaz was the prime mover in a drug dealing enterprise who routinely abused his position as a Police Community Support Officer to assist his criminal activities.

02/05/2013

Stuart Hall faces sentencing for 14 indecent assaults

Stuart Hall will be sentenced on 17 June at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to 14 indecent assaults.

01/05/2013

William Roache charged with two rapes of a 15-year-old girl

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Lancashire Police to charge William Roache with two rapes allegedly committed against a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

30/04/2013

CPS decision on the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham

Alison Storey, Specialist Prosecutor for the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "After carefully reviewing all of the evidence I have concluded that no manslaughter charges should be brought in relation to the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, a Red Arrows pilot who tragically died after being ejected from his stationary aircraft on 8 November 2011.

30/04/2013

Woman charged following Dagenham acid attack

Damaris Lakin, CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "I have authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Mary Konye in relation to the throwing of sulphuric acid onto Naomi Oni on 30 December 2012 in Dagenham.

30/04/2013

Five to be prosecuted over tax relief fraud

Andrew Penhale, deputy head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs, we have authorised charges against five individuals in connection with a tax relief fraud that allegedly cost the public revenue in the region of £125 million.

26/04/2013

Max Clifford charged with 11 indecent assaults

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised police to charge Max Clifford with 11 indecent assaults allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985.

25/04/2013

Terrorists jailed in high-tech and sophisticated prosecution

Richard Dart, Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood have today been sentenced at the Old Bailey following a guilty plea on 15 March 2013 to engaging in preparation for acts of terrorism contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

24/04/2013

Operation Elveden: Duncan Larcombe, John Hardy, Claire Hardy and Tracy Bell to be charged

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

24/04/2013

DPP to step down in October

Keir Starmer QC will step down from his role as Director of Public Prosecutions at the end of his five year term of office in October this year.

23/04/2013

DPP announces new 'all-time high' for conviction rate in rape and domestic violence cases

The Crown Prosecution Service has today published new figures that show the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence prosecutions increased once again last year.

22/04/2013

New and updated publications and legal sections on CPS website

On Tuesday 23 April, new and updated 'Publications' and 'Prosecution Policy and Guidance' sections will go live on the CPS website.

18/04/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS decides Fergus Shanahan will face prosecution

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

18/04/2013

Four Luton men jailed for preparation of terrorist acts

Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain were today sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court having pleaded guilty on 1 March 2013 to one count contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, the preparation of terrorism acts.

18/04/2013

CPS statement on the conviction of Opemipo Jaji

A man has been convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in a park in Enfield on 23 November. Opemipo Jaji was convicted of one count of rape at the Central Criminal Court today and will be sentenced at a later date.

15/04/2013

Man jailed over £60,000 worth of Viagra style medicine

Brian Hipwood, of Ealing, was today sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court for possession of illegal medicines and tobacco duty evasion. He was convicted on 14 March 2013 on one count of Cheating the Public Revenue, nine counts of possession of a medicinal product without a marketing authorisation and one count of possession of a class C drug with intent to supply.

03/04/2013

Operation Yewtree - CPS decides David Smith should be charged with five offences

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London said: "The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to David Smith, who was employed as a driver at the time of the allegations. The CPS received a file of evidence on 21 December 2012. Further enquiries were necessary and the result of those enquiries was received by the CPS on 18th March.

02/04/2013

Police officer convicted of theft and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs

Alison Storey, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "As a detective constable, Nicholas McFadden should have been taking drugs off the streets. Instead, he was stealing the very drugs the police had successfully seized, and putting them straight back there.

02/04/2013

Philpotts and Mosley guilty of manslaughter for house fire deaths

Michael and Mairead Philpott have been found guilty of manslaughter for causing the deaths of their six children in a house fire in Derby. Paul Mosley, a friend of the couple, has also been found guilty of the same offences. The case was described by CPS Crown Advocate Samantha Shallow as "a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong".

28/03/2013

CPS decides no charges should be brought against Eric Joyce MP

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS received a complete file on 26 March 2013 in relation to events at the Sports and Social Club within the Palace of Westminster on 14 March 2013, following which Eric Joyce MP was arrested.

27/03/2013

Stephen Seddon guilty of murdering his parents

Cheryl Hramiak, Branch Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West said: "As a result of today's verdicts Stephen Seddon has been brought to justice for the violent and premeditated murders of his own parents and for an earlier attempt on their lives.

27/03/2013

Bogus lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano convicted

Giovanni Di Stefano has today been convicted at Southwark Crown Court of 25 counts including deception, fraud, money laundering and using a false instrument committed between 2004 and 2012.

26/03/2013

Former Essex broker jailed for foreign exchange investment fraud

Ian James Dickinson has today been sentenced to five years at Chelmsford Crown Court for a fraudulent foreign exchange investment scheme. Over nearly five years, Dickinson defrauded investors of around £3 million

25/03/2013

Five sentenced for 'extraordinary' attack on public purse

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an extraordinary scheme created to attack the public purse. The defendants put in claims on a ghost film called 'Landscape of Lives' with the sole intention of criminally exploiting a tax relief system designed to support the UK film industry. The group had lied to the authorities by claiming the film had a budget of nearly £20 million in order to claim as much tax relief as possible.

25/03/2013

Op Yewtree - CPS decision

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to a man in his 70s from Cambridgeshire who was arrested on 11 November 2012 over an allegation of indecent assault. The CPS received a full file of evidence on 20 March 2013.

20/03/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS Charging Decision

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

18/03/2013

CPS decides no charges should be brought over hacking of Darwin emails

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "On 21 November 2012 Cleveland Police provided the CPS with a file of evidence in relation to Gerald Tubb, a Sky News journalist who, it was alleged, had accessed the email accounts of Anne and John Darwin. The Darwins were convicted of insurance fraud in 2008 over the faking of John Darwin's death.

18/03/2013

CPS legal trainee scheme opens for 2013 applications

The Crown Prosecution Service has today opened its 2013 legal trainee scheme to talented law graduates seeking an interesting and rewarding career in the public service.

14/03/2013

Five sentenced for pioneering production of BMK

Five men have today been sentenced at Warrington Crown Court for setting up a laboratory used to produce a synthetic substance called BMK. This is the first time that this method of BMK manufacture has been detected in the UK or continental Europe. BMK is not a controlled drug but is used to make amphetamine.

14/03/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS charging decision

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

13/03/2013

Under the spotlight: perverting the course of justice and wasting police time in cases involving allegedly false rape and domestic violence allegations

The first ever study by the Crown Prosecution Service into so-called false allegations of rape and domestic violence is being published today by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

08/03/2013

Seven men charged with sexual offences involving a 14-year-old girl

Kris Venkatasami, Head of the Special Casework Unit and Special Operations Unit at CPS London, said: "I have authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge seven men with a range of offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which occurred between May and November 2012.

07/03/2013

CPS statement on Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

06/03/2013

Two men convicted of abuse against young girls in Keighley, Yorks

Michael Quinn, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Shazad Rehman and Bilal Hussain have today been convicted of an appalling catalogue of abuse against young girls.

06/03/2013

CPS and ACPO call for national consensus on tackling child sexual abuse

'The criminal justice response to child sexual abuse; time for a national consensus'

05/03/2013

Corporate manslaughter charge over man who died from crush injuries at work

Colin Gibbs, senior lawyer in Special Crime for the CPS, said: "I have carefully reviewed all the evidence gathered by Hampshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigation into the tragic death of Malcolm Hinton on 6 March 2012 at Riddings Farm, near Basingstoke.

28/02/2013

Two members of West Midlands CPS staff charged with conspiracy to commit fraud

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime for the CPS, said: "Following a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service and a subsequent investigation by West Midlands Police into two members of CPS staff, I have carefully considered available evidence in relation to Lisa Joanne Burrows, a finance manager, and Tahir Mahmood an administrative assistant. Both are employed by CPS West Midlands.

25/02/2013

CPS - Clive Sharp sentenced to life for murder of Catherine Gowing

Clive Sharp has today been sentenced at Mold Crown Court for the murder of Catherine Gowing. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 37 years.

22/02/2013

Op Weeting - CPS decision

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP):

22/02/2013

Four sentenced in elaborate High Street retailer fraud

Four people have today been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court for their part in an elaborate fraud which saw them posing as real employees of national retailers in order to acquire a vast range of high value goods from other companies. In all, around 40 companies were approached and the gang attempted to obtain £20m worth of goods. They did obtain over £2.7m worth of goods acquired on 'thirty day credit agreements' which were never honoured. The goods included 55,000 bottles of high-end champagne and whisky, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines, televisions, laptops and games consoles.

21/02/2013

Three convicted of plotting 'catastrophic' terror attack

Ashik Ali, Ifran Khalid and Ifran Naseer were today convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of a total of 12 counts of committing acts in preparation for a terrorist attack.

20/02/2013

Gross negligence manslaughter charge over death of six-year-old trapped in electric gate

Alison Norton, Specialist Prosecutor handling Special Crime in the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have carefully considered all the available evidence in this tragic case, in which six-year-old Semelia Campbell died on 28 June 2010 after becoming caught in and crushed by an electric gate in the housing development where she lived.

19/02/2013

CPS statement on Andrew Partington

Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "Andrew Partington caused a massive gas explosion in Oldham in June last year when he deliberately cut the gas pipes in his home following an argument with his partner. The resulting explosion tragically killed two year old Jamie Heaton, destroyed nearby houses and caused severe damage to many others. In November he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and to eight charges of destroying property.

19/02/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS statement on Richard Trunkfield

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

15/02/2013

"Dappy" sentenced to six months' suspended imprisonment

Dino Contostavlos, also known as "Dappy" from pop group N-Dubz, has been sentenced to suspended imprisonment, a fine and unpaid work after being found guilty of affray and assault by beating at an earlier trial.

15/02/2013

CPS statement on decision to charge Michael Robert Turner

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions has reviewed a file of evidence in relation to allegations of sexual offences. This was a review of a decision previously made not to prosecute.

14/02/2013

CPS statement on dismissal of Ali Dizaei's appeal against conviction

Gaon Hart, Senior Crown Advocate for the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "We welcome today's decision and the clarification it provides of the legal position. Mr Dizaei has been convicted by two separate juries for his conduct on that night and we hope that this concludes the matter.

12/02/2013

Man jailed for endangering railway passengers

A man has today pleaded guilty to endangering railway passengers and attempted theft of electrical cable from an overhead line, Basildon Crown Court has heard.

11/02/2013

CPS statement in relation to Jackie Powell and letter supposedly written by Ian Brady

John Dilworth, Head of the CPS North West Complex Case Unit, said: "We have completed our review of the evidence concerning an alleged failure by Jackie Powell to disclose information about the location of Keith Bennett's remains. This allegation centred on a letter, supposedly written by Ian Brady, which may have led police to where Keith Bennett was buried.

11/02/2013

Queen's Counsel convicted of £600,000 VAT fraud

Rohan Pershad, a highly experienced barrister and Queen's Counsel, was today convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of one count of cheating the public revenue, between 1 June 1999 and 24 September 2011.

07/02/2013

Woman convicted of murder for knife attacks in the street

A woman who attacked two people with large knives in broad daylight has been convicted of murder and attempted murder. Nicola Edgington was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court.

07/02/2013

Operation Elveden: CPS statement on Alan Tierney

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

04/02/2013

'Industrial' money launderers sentenced

Three family members have today been sentenced at the Old Bailey for money laundering offences.

01/02/2013

CPS statement on conviction of Jason Richards and Ben Hope

Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said: "Aamir Siddiqi's life was cruelly taken from him in a brutal knife attack committed by Jason Richards and Ben Hope. At the same time, they inflicted very serious injury on Aamir's parents as they tried to protect their son.

01/02/2013

CPS decides no charges should be brought over hoax calls to King Edward VII Hospital

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "As is well known, on 4 December 2012, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, both radio presenters in Australia, made a telephone call to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment, in which they pretended to be members of the Royal Family. During the course of the call, private information about the Duchess' health was given, in good faith, to Ms Greig and Mr Christian and the call was later played on a radio station in Australia.

31/01/2013

CPS statement on Kevin Hutchinson-Foster

Alison Saunders, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "The CPS proceeded with this prosecution based on evidence that Kevin Hutchinson-Foster had transferred a gun to Mark Duggan hidden in a shoe box in Tottenham on 4 August 2011.

31/01/2013

Corporate manslaughter charge over death of 11 year old girl during banana boat ride

Elizabeth Joslin, Specialist Prosecutor in the Special Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "I have carefully reviewed all of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police and the Hounslow Environmental Health Department during their investigation into the tragic death of Mari-Simon Cronje.

30/01/2013

Man convicted of murdering sister

Tony McCluskie was today convicted at the Central Criminal Court of the murder of his sister Gemma McCluskie.

29/01/2013

CPS decision from Operation Elveden

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

28/01/2013

DPP publishes new Code for Crown Prosecutors following public consultation

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today published a new edition of the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the overarching document that guides prosecutors and police in deciding whether or not to charge a suspect.

22/01/2013

CPS statement on Paul Flattley and Virginia Wheeler

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

18/01/2013

Mine manager and company charged over tragic Gleision coal mine deaths

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The deaths of four miners at the Gleision coal mine in September 2011 devastated the local Welsh mining community.

15/01/2013

CPS statement on Geoffrey Counsell

Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West, said: "In October 2012, CPS South West authorised Avon and Somerset Constabulary to charge Geoffrey Counsell with manslaughter in relation to a very serious incident on the M5 in November 2011.

11/01/2013

Man who threw bottle during Olympic Games found guilty of a public order offence

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, was found guilty of a public order offence at Stratford Magistrates' Court today (11/01/13).

11/01/2013

DPP statement on Savile cases

In May 2007, a complaint was made to Surrey Police alleging that in the late 1970s Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 or 15 at Duncroft Children's Home (allegation 1).

11/01/2013

Two sentenced for hacking Sony Music servers

Two men have today been sentenced for hacking the servers of Sony Music.

11/01/2013

Seven sentenced for smash and grab raids

Seven people have been sentenced for their part in a series of smash and grab raids in the summer of 2011.

10/01/2013

DCI Casburn convicted

Greg McGill, a senior CPS lawyer, said:

08/01/2013

Eight charged in £35m bank loan corruption case

Eight people have today been charged in relation to a £35m bank loan corruption case.

20/12/2012

Joint enterprise guidance published

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today published guidance that explains how charging decisions are made following crimes involving two or more participants in what is known as joint enterprise.

19/12/2012

Gang of metal thieves sentenced to a total of 23 years

A gang of thieves was today sentenced to a total of 23 years at Birmingham Crown Court for their part in stealing copper signalling cable and causing over half a million pounds worth of damage to Network Rail property.

19/12/2012

DPP launches public consultation on prosecutions involving social media communications

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today published interim guidelines setting out the approach prosecutors should take in cases involving communications sent via social media.

14/12/2012

Joint CPS/MPS statement on Gary McKinnon

Statement by Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Mark Rowley QPM, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, on the case of Gary McKinnon:

13/12/2012

CPS announces new board members

The Crown Prosecution Service has appointed Alison Porter and Jeremy Newman as new non-executive directors to the CPS Board.

12/12/2012

Royal Navy petty officer sentenced for misconduct and breach of Official Secrets Act

Mari Reid, Unit Head for the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "This was a classic story of betrayal. Edward Devenney was employed by the Royal Navy to protect this country from potential threats to our security. Instead, he pursued a course of conduct likely to put his country at risk.

12/12/2012

Three men sentenced to a total of 53 years in prison for knifepoint robberies at London homes

A group of masked men who targeted wealthy victims and robbed them at knifepoint at their homes in London have been convicted of conspiracy to rob at Southwark Crown Court today and sentenced to a total of 53 years imprisonment.

07/12/2012

CPS statement on Cyril Smith records

A search of records transferred to the CPS 26 years ago from the former office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has shown a further two police referrals relating to Cyril Smith. This information is being made available in the interests of openness and transparency.

06/12/2012

Two sentenced in first ever 'land banking' fraud trial

Two men have today been sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in what is thought to be the first ever trial for ‘land banking’ fraud. Omar Eshpari, sentenced to seven years, and Stefan Mitchell, sentenced to six years, secured at least £3m from their victims between April 2008 and October 2009.

06/12/2012

Christopher Weatherhead convicted of conspiracy to hack computers

Christopher Weatherhead has today been convicted on one count of conspiracy to impair the operation of computers, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, at Southwark Crown Court. This follows the earlier guilty pleas of three co-conspirators.

05/12/2012

Arms dealer jailed for illegal £6m shipment

Gary Hyde was today sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to seven years imprisonment for an illegal shipment of 80,000 weapons and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria and for laundering the proceeds of this supply.

05/12/2012

Stuart Hall charged with indecent assault

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Lancashire Police to charge Stuart Hall, aged 82, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, with three charges of indecent assault following recent complaints to police about alleged incidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

27/11/2012

CPS statement in relation to Cyril Smith

Statement from Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

26/11/2012

CPS launches new tools for prosecutors to tackle violence against women and girls

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Sunday 25 November, the CPS has announced new tools for prosecutors to tackle domestic violence and stalking.

23/11/2012

Damien Red Saunders sentenced to life imprisonment

Damien Red Saunders, 24, given a life sentence with a minimum of eight years imprisonment for child sex offences.

23/11/2012

Female Genital Mutilation action plan launched

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is publishing his action plan on improving prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) following his round table meeting with experts in September 2012.

20/11/2012

CPS statement on conviction of Kweku Adoboli

Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli was today convicted of two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

20/11/2012

Charging announcement in relation to Operation Elveden

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

16/11/2012

Airline pilot sentenced for duty evasion on cigarettes and alcohol

Andrew Creelman has today pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court to two counts of knowingly evading duty payable on cigarettes and alcohol.

05/11/2012

Michael Jackson sentenced for kidnap and child sex assault

A man from Oldbury in the West Midlands has today been jailed indefinitely for public protection at Wolverhampton Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to kidnapping two children in separate attacks.

05/11/2012

Four charged with forging £1.2m in counterfeit £10 notes

Andy Young, lawyer for the CPS Organised Crime Division, said: "Following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, I have authorised charges against four individuals for the production of over £1.2m worth of counterfeit Bank of England £10 notes at a design and print business in Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands.

29/10/2012

Former Met police detective jailed for misconduct

Ryan Coleman-Farrow was today jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to 13 counts of misconduct in public office at Southwark Crown Court last month.

29/10/2012

Woman charged after fatal Prestatyn fire

A 42-year-old woman has been charged following a house fire in Prestatyn that resulted in four fatalities.

26/10/2012

Eleven sentenced for hate crimes at Winterbourne View

Today at Bristol Crown Court, 11 former members of staff from Winterbourne View Hospital in Bristol were sentenced for subjecting patients to ill treatment and neglect.

26/10/2012

Man charged with endangering railway passengers

The Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England has advised British Transport Police to charge Mark Bradshaw with endangering railway passengers and attempted theft of electrical cable from the overhead line, following an incident in Benfleet, Essex, in which a man tragically died.

25/10/2012

Consultation opens on Concurrent Jurisdiction guidelines

The CPS has today published interim guidelines for Crown Prosecutors handling cases where more than one country or jurisdiction is investigating criminal conduct. The guidelines, which take immediate effect, formally set out the factors that are considered when deciding where criminal proceedings should be brought.

16/10/2012

Decision on file of evidence arising from Operation Elveden

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions: "The CPS received a file of evidence from the Independent Police Complaints Commission in May 2012, and we have since been liaising with them regarding further lines of enquiry. That process has now been concluded.

12/10/2012

Woman jailed for £1.9 million fraudulent escort service adverts

Claire Miller was today sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court for using the internet and newspapers to advertise fraudulent services for recruitment, escorts and chaperones. Miller pleaded guilty on 2 October 2012 to running these fraudulent adverts between 2007 and 2012.

12/10/2012

DPP decision in response to the Hillsborough report

"Having read and considered the report published by the Hillsborough Independent Panel on 12 September 2012 and liaised with the Home Office and Independent Police Complaints Commission, I have concluded that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should consider all the material now available in relation to the tragic events on 15 April 1989, including the material made available by the Independent Panel.

11/10/2012

Nine charged over naming of rape victim

Nine people have been charged after allegedly posting messages on Twitter or Facebook identifying the victim in the rape case which led to the conviction of footballer Chedwyn (Ched) Evans.

06/10/2012

Man charged with the murder of April Jones

A 46-year old man has been charged with the murder of April Jones.

05/10/2012

Builder jailed for manslaughter of 3 year old Meg Burgess

George Collier was today sentenced to two years’ imprisonment over the death of three-year-old Meg Burgess, who died after a wall built by Mr Collier collapsed on top of her.

03/10/2012

Airline pilot to be prosecuted for duty evasion on cigarettes and alcohol

Lisa Rose, specialist prosecutor for the CPS Central Fraud Division, said: "Following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs, I have authorised charges against Andrew Dougall Creelman for the alleged fraudulent evasion of duty payable on alcohol and cigarettes.

01/10/2012

DPP refuses consent to private prosecution of Babar Ahmad and Syed Ahsan for terrorism offences

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions:

27/09/2012

Prison officers sentenced following death in custody

Married prison officers Shaun and Lisa Percy were today (27 September 2012) sentenced at Preston Crown Court following the death of a prisoner, Christopher Oldham, during the night of 21/22 April 2011 at HMP Preston. They each received 12 months' imprisonment suspended for two years, and were ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work.

27/09/2012

DPP invites responses to proposed new guidance on driving offences

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today launched a public consultation on guidance about the most serious driving offences, including death by careless or dangerous driving.

24/09/2012

Op Elveden charge - DCI Casburn charged

Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the DPP, said: "The CPS received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service which arose from Operation Elveden in relation to April Casburn. Ms Casburn is employed by Metropolitan Police Service as a Detective Chief Inspector in Specialist Operations.

21/09/2012

Three people jailed for stealing a hospital power cable

Thieves who stole a power cable from a Shropshire hospital, which was connected to a mobile MRI scanner, were today sentenced to a total of two and half years at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

21/09/2012

Man convicted for Kirsty Treloar murder

Myles Williams was today convicted at the Central Criminal Court of the murder of Kirsty Treloar and of GBH with intent against her brother Dean and sister Gemma. He will be sentenced on Wednesday 26 September.

21/09/2012

Teenager sentenced for park fight murder

A 15-year-old schoolboy has been sentenced today (21 September 2012) to a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 13 years' imprisonment for killing a teenager during a fight in a recreation ground in Enfield.

20/09/2012

Men will not face charges over allegations of female genital mutilation

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no charges will be brought against two men arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of offences contrary to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

20/09/2012

DPP statement on Tom Daley case and social media prosecutions

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has said: "On 30 July 2012 Daniel Thomas, a semi-professional footballer, posted a homophobic message on the social networking site, Twitter. This related to the Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield. This became available to his "followers". Someone else distributed it more widely and it made its way into some media outlets. Mr Thomas was arrested and interviewed. The matter was then referred to CPS Wales to consider whether Mr Thomas should be charged with a criminal offence.

20/09/2012

Dale Cregan charged with four murders and four attempted murders

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "The tragic events this week in which Police Constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes lost their lives in the line of duty have shocked and appalled the whole country. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sympathies to their families, friends and to all their colleagues in Greater Manchester Police on their very sad loss.

18/09/2012

Umran Javed sentenced for possession of terrorist material

Umran Javed was today sentenced at the Old Bailey to 12 months for three counts of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism.

13/09/2012

DPP launches final guidelines for prosecutors on cases affecting the media following public consultation

Following a public consultation, Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has today published final guidelines on the approach prosecutors should take when assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media.

12/09/2012

Lee Sandell charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the DPP, said: "The CPS received a file of evidence in relation to Lee Sandell from the Metropolitan Police Service on 9 August 2012. This file of evidence arose from Operation Sacha, the investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice. Mr Sandell was employed by News International in a security role.

10/09/2012

Charging announcement in Oldham explosion case

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Area, Nazir Afzal, said: "I have today advised Greater Manchester Police to charge Andrew Partington, 26, with the manslaughter of Jamie Heaton, aged two, and causing criminal damage valued at over £1m to houses in Buckley Street, Shaw, Oldham, on 26 June 2012.

07/09/2012

Man imprisoned for Bernie Ecclestone blackmail plot

Martin Peckham was today sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to five years' imprisonment for a blackmail plot involving the family of Bernie Ecclestone.

07/09/2012

CPS statement on conviction of Irfan Patel

Irfan Patel, a teacher at a Lancashire mosque, pleaded guilty to four counts of child cruelty. He was given a 40 week sentence, suspended for 18 months.

06/09/2012

CPS authorises prosecution of Kent police officers for misconduct in public office following death in custody

Mr Colin Holt died from positional asphyxia at his home in Gillingham, Kent, on 30 August 2010, while under police restraint.

05/09/2012

CPS statement on Andy and Tracey Ferrie

A Leicestershire couple involved in the shooting of intruders at their home will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced this afternoon.

15/08/2012

CPS announces decision on Solar Centre case

Richard Hebbert, lawyer in the Complex Casework Unit for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "I have today authorised South Yorkshire Police to commence proceedings for a prosecution against four people relating to the ill treatment and wilful neglect of patients receiving treatment for mental health disorders at the Solar Centre at St Catherine’s Hospital, Doncaster.

14/08/2012

Newstead Abbey metal thief sentenced to 18 months

Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands, said: "Gurshoron Bhattie has pleaded guilty to stealing lead from Nottinghamshire's historic Newstead Abbey. In pursuit of what he must have perceived as quick, easy money, he has shown complete disregard for this historic property, enjoyed by thousands every year.

08/08/2012

CPS statement on London disorder sentences

Sixteen people were sentenced today at Inner London Crown Court for crimes committed on the evening of 8 August 2011 in the Queensway and Notting Hill areas of London during last year’s London disorder.

08/08/2012

Telford men found guilty of sexual offences against young girls

Two men from the Wellington area of Telford, Adhel Ali and Mubarek Ali, were today found guilty at Stafford Crown Court for sexual offences against vulnerable young girls.

07/08/2012

Former head of Lloyds digital banking fraud pleads guilty to fraud

Jessica Harper, formerly the interim head of fraud and security for digital banking for Lloyds Banking Group, has today pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of money laundering.

06/08/2012

Last of Winterbourne View Defendants Pleads Guilty

Today, Michael Onyema Ezenagu, 28, from White City, London, entered guilty pleas to two counts of ill treating a patient at Winterbourne View Hospital in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

03/08/2012

Parents convicted for murder of Shafilea Ahmed

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed have been convicted at Chester Crown Court for the murder of their daughter Shafilea Ahmed in 2003 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

02/08/2012

Mark Royle found guilty of murdering Nellie Geraghty

Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "Mark Royle killed Nellie Geraghty, a 79 year old lady, for no other reason but to steal whatever cash or valuables she was carrying at the time in order to fund his drug habit.

01/08/2012

Hans Rausing admits preventing lawful burial

48 year old Hans Kristian Rausing has pleaded guilty today (1 August 2012) at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of preventing lawful and decent burial and one count of driving whilst unfit through drugs.

01/08/2012

Brothers sentenced for fundraising for acts of terrorism

Deb Walsh, Deputy Head of the CPS Counter-Terrorism Division, said: "Mohammed Shabir Ali and Mohammed Shafik Ali have today been convicted and sentenced for raising funds for their elder brother's terrorist activities in Somalia.

26/07/2012

Two PCs to face charge of racially aggravated public order offence

Sue Hemming, head of the division handling special crime, said: "I have today authorised the IPCC to summons PC David Hair and PC Kevin Hughes of the Metropolitan Police Service with a racially aggravated public order offence in respect of comments made while on duty as police officers.

26/07/2012

CPS statement on Kiaran Stapleton

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West Area, said: "Anuj Bidve's murder in the early hours of Boxing Day last year was a terrible crime which shocked and appalled us all. It is all the more tragic because it was completely senseless.

26/07/2012

Queen's Counsel to face charge over £600,000 VAT fraud

Keri Ashworth-Beaumont, prosecutor for the CPS Central Fraud Division, said: "I have advised HM Revenue and Customs that Rohan Anthony Pershad QC should be prosecuted for a single office of cheating the public revenue.

24/07/2012

Operation Weeting - CPS charging decisions

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP):

23/07/2012

Speech by Keir Starmer QC, DPP: Prosecuting Violence against Women and Girls: improving culture, confidence and convictions

The CPS has seen an unprecedented shift in improved performance over the last four years when it comes to tackling violence against women and girls, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has announced in a speech today.

20/07/2012

Austin and McLean and Esso to be charged in relation to the death of Juan Antonio Quintanilla Romero

Mr Juan Antonio Quintanilla Romero was working on a fuel tanker which had docked at the Oil Refinery in Fawley, Southampton, when he tragically died on 30 August 2008. A large fuel pipe collapsed on him after the jib from which it was suspended gave way as a connector bolt, which was severely corroded, failed.

20/07/2012

Michael Ranger sentenced for organising arms deals between North Korea and Azerbaijan

International arms dealer Michael Ranger was today found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of promoting the supply or delivery of hand held surface to air missiles and Beretta pistols to Azebaijan, contrary to arms embargos. He was sentenced to 3.5 years for the missiles and 2.5 years for the handguns, to run concurrently.

19/07/2012

DPP invites responses to proposed new Code for Crown Prosecutors

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today launched a consultation on a proposed new edition of the Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code). The Code is the overarching document that all prosecutors follow in deciding whether or not a suspect should be charged.

17/07/2012

'Olympic' dance fraudster sentenced for deception

A Northamptonshire man has been sentenced to two years in prison for a scam that led 75 local children to believe they would be dancing at the closing ceremony at the Olympic Games – described by CPS East Midlands Senior Crown Prosecutor Ben Samples as ‘callous and deceitful’.

13/07/2012

John Terry acquitted

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London said: "The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not "banter" on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.

05/07/2012

Victims' families will be asked for views on rape charges linked to murder following Clough campaign

Families of victims will be consulted on whether rape charges linked to murder should be prosecuted, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC has announced in guidance to prosecutors issued today.

04/07/2012

CPS celebrates June's 'Successes of the Month'

Each month, the CPS celebrates the outstanding work of teams and individuals up and down the country by publishing their stories on the CPS website.

03/07/2012

Closer working on prosecution cases involving undercover police officers as agreement is signed between investigators and prosecutors

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to ensure consistent and thorough handling of cases involving undercover officers where there may be a criminal prosecution has been signed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

03/07/2012

DPP invites defence to appeal convictions of Drax Power Station protestors

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has invited 29 individuals convicted following the Drax Power Station protest in 2008 to appeal against their convictions. This protest involved the former undercover officer Mark Kennedy.

03/07/2012

Second ever conviction for corporate manslaughter

Alison Storey, specialist prosecutor in the special crime division, said: "Lion Steel Ltd has today pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Square to the corporate manslaughter of Steven Berry at the Hyde site on Johnson Brook Road. This is the second time a company has been charged with, and now convicted for, the new offence of corporate manslaughter.

22/06/2012

Rochdale grooming defendant Shabir Ahmed guilty of 30 rapes

Following the conviction of Rochdale grooming defendant Shabir Ahmed on 30 charges of rape, Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Area, said: "Shabir Ahmed has been convicted today of the most appalling sexual abuse against a young girl. He subjected her to years of rape throughout her childhood from when she was very young, abusing the power that he had as an adult in the worst way possible.

01/06/2012

Family of five sentenced for tax evasion and benefit fraud

Five members of the Coffey family were today sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on a range of charges including cheating the public revenue and making false statements for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining thousands of pounds in public money through the benefit system.

31/05/2012

Two convicted at Norwich Crown Court for defrauding philanthropists out of millions of pounds

Sue Patten, Head of the CPS Central Fraud Division, said after three defendants were today convicted for their part in this fraud: "This was a scam perpetrated by convincing fraudsters in which wealthy philanthropists were targeted with an investment scheme promising high profits for their charitable causes.

30/05/2012

Former Royal Academy of Music Director of Finance sentenced for fraud

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of the CPS Central Fraud Group said: "Janet Whitehouse was a trusted finance director at the Royal Academy of Music, previously believed by her employers to be doing an excellent job. She has admitted betraying that trust by defrauding the Academy to the tune of £236,000.

29/05/2012

Those issued with Football Banning Orders should surrender their passports or face a prosecution, warns football lead top prosecutor

The Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex and CPS lead in sports and football matters, Nick Hawkins, has today warned that anyone subject to a Football Banning Order who fails to surrender their passport, whether or not they attempt to travel to Poland or Ukraine before and during the Euro 2012 competition, will be arrested and prosecuted.

29/05/2012

Charging decision in relation to allegations that a police officer passed confidential information to a journalist about Operation Weeting

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions:

25/05/2012

Former Met police specialist detective faces 13 charges of misconduct over rape and sexual offences investigations

Rosemary Fernandes, specialist lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have authorised the IPCC to summons Ryan Coleman Farrow, a former detective constable with the Metropolitan Police Service, specialising in rape and sexual assault cases, with 13 counts of misconduct in a public office.

25/05/2012

Former Lloyds Banking Group head of digital banking fraud and security charged with defrauding her employer

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of the CPS Central Fraud Group, said: "We have authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Jessica Harper, the former head of fraud and security for digital banking at Lloyds Banking Group, with one count of fraud by abuse of position, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.

23/05/2012

DPP welcomes guidance on metal theft as four convicted for stealing metal from railways

John Gowland and Dominic Wallis have today pleaded guilty to the theft of copper railway cabling in Warwickshire following the earlier guilty pleas of Flame Redshaw and John Brunozzi-Jones on 30 January 2012. Between August 2010 and March 2011, their criminality caused some 500 hours of delay and affected 58 train services.

21/05/2012

Joint statement from Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police Service and Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London

The Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service have today, Monday 21 May, released their joint review commissioned in March 2011 following the withdrawal of the most recent trial into the murder of Daniel Morgan.

15/05/2012

Charging announcement in relation to offences of perverting the course of justice against Rebekah Brooks and others

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making, and all potential prosecutions, in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.

15/05/2012

Former Finance Director of major supplier of potatoes to Sainsbury's convicted of corruption

Andrew Behagg, former Greenvale Finance Director, was today (15 May) found guilty of corruption at Croydon Crown Court.

11/05/2012

Shane Jenkin sentenced to life

Shane William Jenkin, 32 from Hayle, Cornwall, was today handed an indeterminate sentence at Truro Crown Court. The judge ordered that he serve a minimum of six years imprisonment and that he be detained at a secure psychiatric hospital.

11/05/2012

Police officers fined for assaulting man in custody

Two serving officers from Durham Constabulary were today fined a total of £750 and ordered to pay costs totalling £1300 at Teesside Magistrates' Court, after being found guilty of assaulting a man in custody.

09/05/2012

Charging announcement regarding The Spectator magazine

CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Saunders said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today (9 May 2012) informed the publishers of The Spectator magazine of our decision to charge them with an offence under Section 83 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, in relation to an article by Rod Liddle about the recent Stephen Lawrence trial.

09/05/2012

CPS decision - PC Harrington faces ABH charge

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "In February this year the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to charge PC Joseph Harrington in relation to an alleged assault on a young man in custody in August 2011.

08/05/2012

Guilty verdicts in Liverpool Crown Court child sexual exploitation trial

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Area said: "The details of the offences that we have heard in this trial in the last few weeks have shocked and appalled us all. No child should ever be exploited in the way these young victims were.

27/04/2012

Charging decision regarding suspected intimidation and harassment by former NoTW journalist

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "The CPS has received a request from the officers investigating Operation Weeting for charging advice in relation to Neville Thurlbeck, suspected of witness intimidation and harassment. This relates to a blog posted by Mr Thurlbeck on 7 March 2012 in which he gave the home address of a member of News International’s Management Standards Committee.

18/04/2012

DPP launches public consultation on cases affecting the media

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has today published interim guidelines on the approach prosecutors should take when assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media.

16/04/2012

Convicted terrorist to help authorities - joint CPS and MPS statement

The Crown Prosecution Service can reveal that a UK convicted terrorist has, for the first time, entered into an agreement with the CPS to give evidence in a trial against other alleged terrorists. Strict reporting restrictions on this matter have now been lifted.

30/03/2012

CPS celebrates March's Successes of the Month

The CPS is celebrating the outstanding work of teams and individuals up and down the country by publishing their stories on the CPS website.

28/03/2012

Football lead top prosecutor urges clubs to stop their fans singing abusive chants

The Crown Prosecution Service's lead sports prosecutor is today (Wednesday) asking sports authorities to help stamp out racist chants from the sidelines. Nick Hawkins is also calling for education on the use of social media and how offences can be easily prosecuted, to serve as a warning to those who may think that their Twitter account provides anonymity or protection from the law.

20/03/2012

DPP statement on new CPS Welfare, Rural and Health Prosecutions Division

Speaking about the merger of the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health Prosecution Division with the Crown Prosecution Service, Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Today’s merger is good news for the CPS and good news for the public.

13/03/2012

Statement in response to the HMCPSI Advocacy report

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has welcomed a report from the HMCPSI into the way the Crown Prosecution Service handles advocacy and case presentation.

12/03/2012

CPS supports MumsNet rape awareness campaign

CPS supports MumsNet rape awareness campaign

07/03/2012

CPS statement on death of PC Ian Terry

Following the inquest into the death of Police Constable Ian Terry, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reconsidered whether there was sufficient evidence to bring charges in relation to Mr Terry's tragic death during a training exercise in June 2008.

06/03/2012

DPP orders release of more information about tax-related prosecutions

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has ordered that the Crown Prosecution Service should release more information to the public about tax-related prosecutions following investigations by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

06/03/2012

DPP issues guidance to prosecutors in public protest cases

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has today issued Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors with new guidance on dealing with people who may have committed an offence during a protest or demonstration.

02/03/2012

CPS statement on men convicted of prison mutiny following Ford Prison riot

CPS South East senior lawyer Simon Ringrose said:

28/02/2012

DPP responds to Criminal Justice Joint Inspection on rape

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC said: "I am pleased the report recognises the progress made by the CPS in dealing with rape cases. In particular, the inspectors say there was good analysis of rape cases by the CPS and that most of the rape charging decisions reviewed were well considered and very detailed.

22/02/2012

CPS statement on Carl Whant conviction: "Important to mark death of unborn child with separate charge"

David Wooler, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: "When we reviewed the initial evidence against Carl Whant gathered by Heddlu Gwent Police back in February last year, the truly horrific nature of the crimes committed was all too apparent.

20/02/2012

February's Successes of the Month published

Each month, the CPS celebrates the outstanding work of teams and individuals up and down the country by publishing their stories here on the CPS website.

17/02/2012

CPS statement on Dragon's Den fraudster

Mark James-Dawson, Crown Advocate for the CPS said: "This was a particularly brazen and audacious fraud, carried out on national television. Jean-Claude Baumgartner claimed to own software vital to the business opportunity he pitched on BBC’s Dragon's Den, and went on to fabricate evidence of advance orders for his product from overseas retailers and the world famous department store, Harrods.

17/02/2012

CPS statement on sentencing of Mervyn Westfield

Sue Patten, Head of the CPS Central Fraud Group, said: "It is not only the major international stars who will face prosecution if they accept bribes, but also those who play in the domestic leagues as well.

14/02/2012

CPS recovers all assets from Darwin fraud case

The Crown Prosecution Service has recovered more than half a million pounds from Anne Darwin in connection with the insurance fraud over her husband’s faked death.

14/02/2012

Stronger CPS cases in hate crime lead to increase in guilty pleas

The CPS is prosecuting more hate crimes, more successfully and with more defendants pleading guilty than ever before.

13/02/2012

CPS statement following Ali Dizaei verdict

Gaon Hart, Senior Crown Advocate for the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said: "The jury agreed today that Ali Dizaei, a Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service, abused his position as a senior police officer when he threatened and arrested an innocent man with whom he had a personal dispute.

09/02/2012

CPS statement on sentencing of nine men for terrorist offences

Piers Arnold, reviewing lawyer of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said: "This was a case about nine young men who in October 2010 formed a group for the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism.

03/02/2012

Statement by Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, on the case of Mr C Huhne and Ms V Pryce

This statement is made by the Crown Prosecution Service in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in the cases of Mr Christopher Huhne and Ms Vasiliki Pryce and to explain the time taken in arriving at these decisions.

30/01/2012

London's top prosecutor challenges social assumptions on rape victims

The capital's Chief Crown Prosecutor is calling for a greater debate on ways in which society can challenge, combat and dispel the assumptions and myths associated with rape victims.

26/01/2012

Statement from the DPP regarding the South Wales case collapse

Statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, concerning the discontinuance of the trial of eight former police officers accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in South Wales (R vs Mouncher and others).

20/01/2012

First UK citizen extradited from China jailed

The first UK citizen to be extradited from China following a successful request by the Crown Prosecution Service has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today.

20/01/2012

Three men convicted in first prosecution for stirring up hatred on grounds of sexual orientation

A landmark case has today seen three men convicted of stirring up hatred against the gay community by distributing leaflets calling for the death of homosexuals.

19/01/2012

CPS announces appointments to new Advocate Panels

The anxious wait is over today for barristers and solicitors from around England and Wales who applied to join the new Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.

17/01/2012

Statement from the DPP in response to the House of Commons Justice Committee report on Joint Enterprise

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC said: "Having studied the report and considered its content I have decided that the CPS will now produce guidance on the approach we will take to cases of joint enterprise, including guidance on the proper threshold at which association potentially becomes evidence of criminality.

12/01/2012

Joint statement by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Metropolitan Police Service

This is a joint statement by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) dealing with:

03/01/2012

Statement on conviction of David Norris and Gary Dobson for the murder of Stephen Lawrence

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service brought this prosecution after a lot of hard work and scientific developments. We have worked very closely with the police throughout their investigations and with the Lawrence family to bring these killers to justice.

01/01/2012

CPS authorises charge in Salford shooting case

A man has been charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve.

21/12/2011

CPS advises John Terry charge

07/12/2011

CPS Advocate Panels update

Keith Milburn, Head of the CPS Court Business Unit, said: "In May 2011 the Crown Prosecution Service launched its Advocate Panel scheme and invited advocates to submit written applications to join the Advocate Panel. About 3,000 advocates have applied.

06/12/2011

Sir Christopher Rose's Report Published into Ratcliffe-on-Soar cases

Ratcliffe-on-Soar report finds that CPS did not deliberately withhold information in prosecution case

06/12/2011

CPS Prosecution College Team picks up 2011 e-Learning Age Gold Winner Award

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) triumphed at the global Learning Awards event, which was attended by nearly 500 people and attracted entries from 20 countries. The gala evening, held at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London's Mayfair on 10 November, saw 16 award categories producing a record 39 winners all showcasing the strength, range and quality of e-learning.

01/12/2011

CPS statement on R v Mouncher and Others

The CPS has today decided to discontinue proceedings in the trial of eight former police officers accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

22/11/2011

Successful prosecutions for violence against women and girls up by 6,500 cases in 2010-11

The Crown Prosecution Service is successfully prosecuting more cases than ever of offences of violence against women and girls.

18/11/2011

CPS Advocate Panel Scheme

Keith Milburn, Head of the CPS Court Business Unit, said: "In May 2011 the Crown Prosecution Service launched its Advocate Panel scheme and invited advocates to submit written applications to join the Advocate Panel. About 3,000 advocates have applied.

15/11/2011

Man charged with kidnap and sexual assault of a 10 year-old child

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from West Midlands Police to charge Michael Jackson, aged 49, from Oldbury, West Midlands with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 10 year-old child in Oldbury on Sunday 13 November 2011.

10/11/2011

CPS statement on the case of Anne the Elephant

CPS takes on the prosecution of Bobby and Moira Roberts over mistreatment of circus elephant

01/11/2011

CPS statement on cricket match fixing trial

Cricketers convicted in match fixing trial

31/10/2011

CPS statement on Shane Webber

Frank Richardson, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "For more than a year Shane Webber had subjected his former girlfriend, Ruth Jeffery, to a campaign of harassment and humiliation by posting onto social networks intimate pictures of her. Webber made sure that these pictures were tagged so that Miss Jeffery's university friends and her family would receive a message alerting them that a picture has been sent to them. He also directly emailed those pictures to Miss Jeffery's parents, causing her and them immense distress as each time they tried to have the pictures removed, Webber had created a new website.

28/10/2011

CPS statement on Vincent Tabak

CPS statement on the trial of Vincent Tabak

26/10/2011

Statement on joint CPS and MPS submission to the Leveson Inquiry

Leveson Inquiry releases joint submission from CPS and MPS

24/10/2011

DPP meets family of Jane Clough

DPP meets family of Jane Clough to discuss campaign to enable prosecutors to appeal against Crown Court decisions to grant bail.

14/10/2011

Court officer admits taking bribe in first prosecution under Bribery Act

A former magistrates' court administrative officer has today admitted taking a £500 bribe to "get rid" of a speeding charge. This is the first prosecution and conviction under the Bribery Act 2010.

07/10/2011

Bramhall man will not be charged for death of intruder

A man who fatally stabbed an intruder in his home in Bramhall will not be charged with murder, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

06/10/2011

CPS statement in relation to Ms Livni's visit

During the afternoon of 4 October 2011, an application was made to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, to exercise his consent pursuant to section 153 of the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011, for a private prosecutor to apply for a warrant to arrest Ms. Tzipi Livni, the former Foreign Secretary in Israel for alleged offences relating to grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention in relation to military action in Gaza in December 2008. The application was supported by a body of information, which has been supplemented by the applicant on our request in the intervening period.

30/09/2011

CPS statement following guilty verdict on Christine Hemming

Jason Pegg, Crown Advocate for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This case was, in its simplest terms, a house burglary in which something precious and personal was stolen, namely a kitten.

20/09/2011

CPS statement on The Guardian and the Metropolitan Police Service

A CPS spokesperson said:

19/09/2011

CPS statement on Ryan Donovan

Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Wessex, said:

09/09/2011

CPS statement on R V Farooqi and others

CPS statement on the case of R V Farooqi and others

07/09/2011

Crown Prosecution Service to strengthen support to victims of Female Genital Mutilation

"The justification for the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is often cited as a tradition, an initiation into adulthood or a religious practice. It is in fact, a serious crime which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment." says Manjula Nayee, Senior Policy Advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

06/09/2011

Margaret Moran faces 21 charges in relation to parliamentary expenses claims

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that Margaret Moran, former Member of Parliament for Luton South, has been summonsed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 September 2011 to face 21 charges in relation to claims she made for parliamentary expenses.

02/09/2011

CPS statement on Rebecca Leighton

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that it is no longer appropriate to continue the case against Rebecca Leighton, charged with criminal damage intending to endanger life following unexplained deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital, Greater Manchester.

31/08/2011

Court employee faces first prosecution under Bribery Act

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Munir Yakub Patel should be prosecuted under the Bribery Act 2010 in relation to allegations of misconduct during his employment at Redbridge Magistrates' Court, Ilford, London. He is the first person to be prosecuted under the new Act.

26/08/2011

CPS statement on sentences at Birmingham Crown Court arising out of disorder

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands, Harry Ireland, said:

24/08/2011

CPS statement following sentences for disorder in London

Following the sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court today (Wednesday, August 24) in relation to the London disorder, David Robinson, London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Today, two of those responsible for the public disturbances in the capital earlier this month became the first to be sentenced in the Crown Court for their actions. These swift and robust prosecutions should serve as a strong reminder that CPS London will not hesitate to prosecute this sort of criminal behaviour which affects the whole community.

16/08/2011

CPS statement following sentences for looting in Manchester

Following the sentencing at Manchester Crown Court today of five offenders in connection with the disturbances in Manchester and Salford, Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service's North West Area said:

16/08/2011

CPS statement on conviction of two men over incitement on Facebook

Martin McRobb, Crown Advocate for CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: "Jordan Blackshaw, 21 and Perry Sutcliffe, 22, independently and from the safety of their homes may have thought that it would be acceptable to set up a Facebook page to incite others to take part in disorders in Cheshire.

15/08/2011

Guidance to prosecutors on reporting restrictions in cases involving convicted youths

The Crown Prosecution Service has today issued guidance to its prosecutors on lifting reporting restrictions in cases involving youths who are convicted.

15/08/2011

CPS authorises charge of murder over death of Richard Mannington Bowes

The Crown Prosecution Service has this evening (15 August 2011) authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge a 16 year old male with the murder of Richard Mannington Bowes. Mr Bowes died on 11 August 2011 after being assaulted in Ealing, London, on 8 August 2011.

05/08/2011

Company director to face manslaughter charge for death of Meg Burgess

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that George Collier should be charged with gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the death of Meg Burgess on 26 July 2008 in Prestatyn, Wales.

29/07/2011

CPS statement on Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad was today setenced for encouraging violent extremism and attempting to stir up hatred on the internet.

29/07/2011

DPP celebrates the best of the CPS

DPP celebrates the successes of CPS staff

22/07/2011

CPS decides not to charge Salford man over intruder's death

A man who fatally stabbed an intruder who broke into his home in Salford will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

13/07/2011

DPP announces details of independent inquiry into Ratcliffe-on-Soar cases

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has asked retired High Court judge Sir Christopher Rose to conduct the independent inquiry into issues arising out of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station protest cases.

12/07/2011

DPP welcomes transfer of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) prosecutors to CPS

Keir Starmer QC said: "I welcome the Attorney General's approval of the transfer of Defra's prosecution function to the CPS from 1 September 2011.

07/07/2011

Individuals who retract a rape allegation from fear are protected from prosecution by new CPS guidance

"Rape and domestic violence victims should be confident in reporting abuse without fear of prosecution if they are later pressured into retracting the allegation, following the publication of new CPS guidance today," said Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

06/07/2011

DPP responds to Louise Casey report with enhanced service to bereaved families

The Crown Prosecution Service is extending its service for bereaved families at court, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has announced.

01/07/2011

CPS decision to charge Lion Steel Ltd in second corporate manslaughter case

Alison Storey, reviewing lawyer in the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said:

27/06/2011

Statement from the DPP on Levi Bellfield trial

24/06/2011

Statement from Roger Coe-Salazar on Levi Bellfield trial process

Roger Coe-Salazar, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service in the South East said:

24/06/2011

Statement from Nigel Pilkington on conviction of Levi Bellfield

Nigel Pilkington, head of the Crown Prosecution Service South East Complex case Work Unit said:

09/06/2011

Statement from DPP Keir Starmer QC on Ratcliffe on Soar power station cases

01/06/2011

DPP statement on the death of Barbara Mills

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC said: "It is with much sadness that we learned of the death of Dame Barbara Mills QC, aged 70, who passed away on 28 May.

24/05/2011

Ian Tomlinson: final decision

On 3 May this year I announced that the decision not to prosecute anyone in relation to the death of Mr Ian Tomlinson would be reviewed in light of the verdict of unlawful killing returned by the jury at the inquest into Mr Tomlinson's death. That review is now complete and I have this morning met Mr Tomlinson's family to tell them the outcome.

18/05/2011

Joint CPS and MPS statement on Stephen Lawrence case

Stephen Lawrence was murdered on 22 April 1993 in an unprovoked attack. Two men have recently been charged with his murder: David Norris and Gary Dobson. They are both in custody and will stand trial later this year at the Central Criminal Court.

03/05/2011

CPS statement following conclusion of inquest into death of Ian Tomlinson

'The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, made it clear last year that the decision not to prosecute anyone in relation to the death of Mr Ian Tomlinson would be reviewed in light of the evidence heard at the Inquest.

18/04/2011

DPP invites Defence to appeal convictions of Ratcliffe on Soar protestors

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has written to the legal representatives of 20 protestors convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass after a protest at Ratcliffe on Soar power station, inviting them to appeal the convictions.

12/04/2011

Joint statement from MPS Acting Deputy Commissioner John Yates and Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC

Joint statement on the ongoing phone hacking investigation

12/04/2011

DPP: Prosecutors and police must protect women in the home

Women in England and Wales are still more at risk of crime in their own homes than anywhere else, the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a speech today entitled 'Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future'.

08/04/2011

CPS decides no prosecution of BT and Phorm for alleged interception of browsing data

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to consent to a request from an individual to begin a prosecution of BT Group Plc and Phorm Inc in relation to alleged unlawful interception of internet browsing data.

05/04/2011

Letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions to John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, April 1, 2011

Thank you for your invitation to provide further written evidence to the Committee. As I understand it, the Committee would like me to give a fuller account of the advice on the law that was given to the Metropolitan Police by prosecution lawyers (whether Crown Prosecution Service or counsel) in the investigation and prosecution of Messrs. Goodman and Mulcaire in 2006-7.

31/03/2011

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.

30/03/2011

Bribery Act: CPS/SFO Prosecution Guidance Published

Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Richard Alderman, issued joint guidance for prosecutors on the Bribery Act 2010.

22/03/2011

CPS statement on Kenneth Noye

21/03/2011

Prosecution of Philip Woolas not in public interest

Former MP Philip Woolas will not be prosecuted in relation to statements he made about an opponent during the 2010 General Election in Oldham East and Saddleworth.

15/03/2011

CPS decides two London clergymen should be charged over sham marriages

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the UK Border Agency's London Immigration Crime Team to charge two Church of England clergy with conspiring to facilitate unlawful immigration.

11/03/2011

CPS statement on Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan - accomplices of Raoul Moat

Kingsley Hyland, CPS North East's Head of the Complex Casework Unit said:

11/03/2011

CPS stops prosecution for 1987 killing of Daniel Morgan

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the prosecution of three men for the killing of private detective Daniel Morgan in 1987 cannot continue.

11/03/2011

CPS statement on Giovanni di Stefano

Andrew Penhale of the CPS Organised Crime Division said: "Giovanni di Stefano has appeared in City of Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning on a European Arrest Warrant from Spain.

09/03/2011

CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown

Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said:

02/03/2011

DPP says prosecuting disability hate crime is "the next frontier" for the Criminal Justice System

Prosecutors are 'still in the foothills' when it comes to prosecuting disability hate crime, the DPP Keir Starmer QC said today (Wednesday ) in a speech to Sussex Law School's 'Issues in Criminal Justice’ series at the University of Sussex.

28/02/2011

CPS decision on Atherstone fire deaths: Three fire service managers face charges of manslaughter

Three Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service managers will face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence for the deaths of four firefighters in a warehouse in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided.

28/02/2011

Airline worker found guilty of terrorism offences

Rajib Karim, a software engineer for British Airways (BA), was found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in preparing a "chilling plan" to blow up a passenger plane.

24/02/2011

PC John Forrester is charged with misconduct in a public office

PC John Forrester has today been charged with two offences of misconduct in public office, one for engaging in sexual activity with a member of the public in 2008, and one for harassing and attempting to have sexual contact with another member of the public in 2009.

18/02/2011

CPS Statement on William Hippsley

Statement from Barbara Petchey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Humberside.

15/02/2011

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings convicted of first corporate manslaughter charge under new Act

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings has today become the first company to be convicted of the new offence of corporate manslaughter.

10/02/2011

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation

Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.

09/02/2011

CPS Statement on Howard Martin

Durham Crown Prosecution Service has advised Durham Police there is not enough new evidence under the double jeopardy provisions for the Director of Public Prosecutions to authorise an investigation into former GP Howard Martin, acquitted of the murder of three of his patients six years ago.

04/02/2011

Three Pakistan cricketers and agent face corruption and cheating charges

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat against Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mazhar Majeed.

28/01/2011

Five men charged in first prosecution for stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Five men have now been charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, in the first prosecution of its kind since legislation came into force in March 2010.

26/01/2011

CPS opens specialist Appeals Unit

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has established a specialist Appeals Unit that will take on new cases in the appeal courts, including all work involving the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Unduly Lenient Sentences.

24/01/2011

Statement on phone hacking from the DPP

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions:

14/01/2011

DPP announcement on phone hacking

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today agreed that the Crown Prosecution Service will conduct a comprehensive assessment of all material in the possession of the Metropolitan Police Service relating to phone hacking, following developments in the civil courts.

06/01/2011

CPS publishes guidance on Non-Accidental Head Injury cases involving children

Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as "Shaken Baby Syndrome" cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.

05/01/2011

CPS statement on conclusion of the 16 'Operation Eaglewood' trials

Jonathan McGarry, reviewing lawyer from CPS London, said:

26/12/2010

Nine charged with conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK

Nine men have tonight been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK, and with terrorism offences.

23/12/2010

Christopher Killick convicted of historic sexual offences

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said:

22/12/2010

CPS decides no charges can be brought against members of Enfield Crime Squad

The Crown Prosecution Service has today decided that no charges will be brought against any member of the Enfield Crime Squad after allegations that they assaulted and abused suspects and mis-appropriated their property.

20/12/2010

CPS advises prosecution of customs officer for public justice offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission that customs officer Paul Cook should be prosecuted for misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

16/12/2010

DPP announces measures to strengthen rape prosecutions

"Rape victims deserve justice and I am determined that we will deliver it," Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today

15/12/2010

CPS response to follow-up review of Equality and Diversity in employment practice in the Crown Prosecution Service

In response to the Inspectorate's report on the follow up review of equality and diversity in employment practice in the CPS, December 2010, Dale Simon, Director of Equality and Diversity at the Crown Prosecution Service said : "We are pleased that Her Majestys Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has acknowledged the progress made by the CPS in terms of equality in employment within the CPS since the last Inspectorates review in 2006.

13/12/2010

Mark Weston guilty of murder of Vikki Thompson

Mark Weston was found guilty of the murder of Vikki Thompson in 1995 today at Reading Crown Court. This follows a second trial, which was granted on the basis of scientific evidence, uncovered 13 years after he was acquitted of the same offence.

10/12/2010

Phone hacking allegations - Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions

10/12/2010

Man sentenced to 12 years in first believed prosecution for supplying "legal high" GBL

03/12/2010

Husband guilty of murdering Sunrise radio receptionist

"The murder of Geeta Aulakh by her husband was a vindictive and despicable crime," said Moya Reed, senior lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service in London, after Harpreet Aulakh was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years imprisonment today at the Old Bailey for the murder of his wife.

24/11/2010

Men convicted in shocking sex abuse case

Five men have been convicted of a string of sexual offences against young, vulnerable teenage girls and women in a case described as one of 'shocking and persistent abuse' by Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Samantha Shallow. Three other men were found guilty of related offences.

24/11/2010

Child killer, 77 years, convicted of raping girl in 1970s

Edward Campbell, a 77-year-old man from London who killed three of his children in 1974, has today been convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court of sexually abusing a girl between 1963 and 1973.

24/11/2010

Doctor faces charge over death in police cell

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised a charge of gross negligence manslaughter against Dr Hisham El-Baroudy, a former forensic medical examiner, in relation to a death in police custody in 2009.

17/11/2010

CPS decision on Witness B

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

15/11/2010

Conviction for uploading racist videos to YouTube

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has successfully prosecuted a man for distributing racially inflammatory recordings after he uploaded racist video clips to the video-sharing website YouTube. Gareth Hemingway pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to five offences under section 21(1) of the Public Order Act 1986 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

03/11/2010

CPS statement on sentencing of Roshonara Choudhry

25/10/2010

CPS Statement on sentencing of Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmail plotters

Following the sentencing, Alastair Nisbett, senior lawyer of CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said:

22/10/2010

Baroness Vivien Stern CBE delivers the CPS Annual Lecture: 'The crime of rape and justice for victims'

On the evening of 21 October 2010, at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters at Rose Court in London, Baroness Vivien Stern CBE delivered the third CPS Annual Lecture: 'The crime of rape and justice for victims'.

18/10/2010

Tracy Dawber's conviction brings shocking paedophile case to a close

The retrial of Tracy Dawber brings to an end the prosecution of one of the most shocking child abuse rings in the country, said Ann Reddrop, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer who dealt with all the cases.

14/10/2010

The death of Ian Tomlinson: letter from Keir Starmer QC to Jenny Jones

Releasing a response to Jenny Jones today, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said:

04/10/2010

DPP welcomes 'Prosecutors' Toolkit' from mental health charity

The mental health charity, Mind, has today published a 'Prosecutors' Toolkit', which is designed to aid prosecutors in handling cases involving victims and witnesses with mental health issues.

23/09/2010

CPS introduces "ground-breaking" legal guidance on stalking

For the first time victims of stalking have had their ordeal recognised in official government guidance. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today published revised guidance on stalking and harassment. It emphasises the existence and widespread nature of 'stalking' as a particular category of harassment and it identifies the various ways in which stalking occurs.

16/09/2010

Former Essex cricketer charged with fraud

The Crown Prosecution Service Central Fraud Group has authorised a charge of conspiracy to defraud against former Essex County cricketer Mervyn Westfield.

14/09/2010

Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over TV confession

The guilty plea today by Ray Gosling shows he now accepts that he put Nottinghamshire Police to a lot of unnecessary effort investigating a fake allegation of murder, said Crown Prosecution Service senior lawyer Simon Clements.

06/09/2010

CPS Counter Terrorism Division wins top international award

The Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service has been given a Special Achievement Award by the International Association of Prosecutors for its work on the Airline Bomb Plot and other cases.

20/08/2010

CPS advises Ray Gosling be prosecuted for wasting police time

The Special Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service has advised Nottinghamshire Police that television presenter Ray Gosling should be prosecuted for wasting police time. Mr Gosling was served with a summons for that offence today.

16/08/2010

No charges following death of Caroline Loder

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that charges will not be brought against Dr Elisabeth Wilson and two individuals following the death of Caroline Loder at her home in Surrey on 8 June 2009.

12/08/2010

Four police officers to face charge of causing actual bodily harm to Babar Ahmad

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that four officers of the Metropolitan Police Service's Territorial Support Group should be charged with causing actual bodily harm to Babar Ahmad during his arrest on 2 December 2003.

11/08/2010

CPS statement on conviction of Martin Newman

Tony Connell, reviewing lawyer for CPS London, said: "Lascell Malcolm died after an extraordinary and tragic chain of events that started in St Lucia and ended in Hackney with him fatally drinking liquid cocaine from what he thought was a bottle of rum.

09/08/2010

Trio sentenced for £4.6M mortgage fraud

Three people were sentenced today to almost ten years imprisonment in total for defrauding mortgage providers of £4.6 million in a fraud that Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Stephen Rowland described as remarkable for its "sheer scale and effectiveness".

30/07/2010

Kautilya Pruthi to face 30 fraud charges

The Crown Prosecution Service Central Fraud Group has authorised charges against Kautilya Nandan Pruthi in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme.

29/07/2010

CPS statement on conviction of Brown, Buchak and Adelasoye

Ken Goss, of the Crown Prosecution Service South East Complex Casework Unit, said: "This was a carefully planned massive immigration fraud - as far as we know, it was the largest sham marriages scam that we have prosecuted. The motive for the EU nationals was money and the motive for the mostly Nigerian nationals was ultimately to gain entry and residency in the UK. Everyone was aware of each of their roles and that what they were doing was unlawful.

29/07/2010

CPS launches consultation on human trafficking public policy

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today began a public consultation on its Public Policy Statement on Human Trafficking.

28/07/2010

Jonathan Vass charged with murder of Jane Clough

The Crown Prosecution Service in Lancashire has today authorised that Jonathan Vass should be charged with the murder of Jane Clough, his former partner.

22/07/2010

No charges over death of Ian Tomlinson

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, announced today that no charges will be brought in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson at the 'G20 protests' in London on 1 April 2009.

16/07/2010

Lord Taylor of Warwick faces six charges of false accounting

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that John David Beckett Taylor, known as Lord Taylor of Warwick, has been summonsed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 August to face six charges in relation to claims for parliamentary expenses.

14/07/2010

CPS lawyer admits serious offences in breach of trust

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said that Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sarfraz Ibrahim had disgraced the service through a serious breach of trust after he admitted charges of corruption, misconduct and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

08/07/2010

Three men linked to liquid bomb plot guilty of conspiracy to murder

Today's convictions of Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman are the culmination of years of determined work by the CPS and police, and brings to 12 the number of those successfully prosecuted following the arrests in relation to the liquid bomb plot, said Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.

01/07/2010

CPS statement on sentencing of stockbroker Jonathan Bunn for false accounting

Following the 30 month sentence handed to stockbroker Jonathan Bunn today, Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer and Head of Advocacy for the Central Fraud Group, David Levy, said:

25/06/2010

Michael Heaton and Trevor Hannington convicted

Michael Heaton and Trevor Hannington faced serious charges of soliciting to murder for their roles in the far-right extremist group Aryan Strike Force (ASF), said Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division lawyer Stuart Laidlaw.

25/06/2010

No charges following death of Raymond Cutkelvin

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today said that while there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Alan Cutkelvin Rees and Dr Michael Irwin in relation to the death of Raymond Cutkelvin at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland in February 2007, such a prosecution would not be in the public interest and no further action should be taken against them.

22/06/2010

CPS statement on Anthony Bamber

Sue Hemming, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division said:

21/06/2010

CPS publishes guidance on prosecuting Medicines Act offences where a dispensing error has occurred

The Crown Prosecution Service has today published Legal Guidance to Crown Prosecutors on the prosecution of offences in the Medicines Act 1968, including where there has been a dispensing error by a pharmacist. This Legal Guidance has been agreed in consultation with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health (DH).

01/06/2010

Lee O'Donnell and twins Paul and Gregory Spicer convicted of £2 million fraud at Lewes Crown Court

David Richardson, head of the non-fiscal division within the Crown Prosecution Service's Central Fraud Group, said:

27/05/2010

Stephen Griffiths charged with three counts of murder

Peter Mann, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service West Yorkshire's Complex Casework Unit said: "Following the arrest earlier this week of Stephen Griffiths, the Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police.

24/05/2010

Statement from CPS London after two young boys are convicted of attempted rape

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS London, said:

24/05/2010

Assisted suicide charge not in the public interest

No charge will be brought against Michael Bateman in relation to the death of his wife Margaret on 20 October 2009. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today decided there was sufficient evidence to charge Mr Bateman with aiding or abetting a suicide, but it would not be in the public interest to do so.

19/05/2010

Eric Illsley MP charged with three offences of false accounting

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that Eric Illsley MP has been summonsed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 June 2010 to face three charges in relation to claims for parliamentary expenses.

14/05/2010

Far right extremist father and son convicted of terrorism offences

County Durham father Ian Davison is the first man in England and Wales to be convicted of a terrorism-related offence involving the fatal poison Ricin, said Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division lawyer Stuart Laidlaw.

01/04/2010

DPP's statement regarding CPS decision on the death of Ian Tomlinson

I readily accept the responsibility of the CPS to fulfil its duty regarding the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson. That investigation must be thorough, effective and impartial. And, I am afraid, in this particular case that means that it is taking longer than originally expected.

31/03/2010

Four armed robbers found guilty in first trial without jury

Portia Ragnauth, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Surrey Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) described the first trial without a jury in England and Wales as a "benchmark prosecution" after four men were found guilty today over the 2004 armed robbery of the Menzies World Cargo depot at Heathrow Airport.

30/03/2010

CPS announces charging decision in the Milly Dowler case

Nigel Pilkington, Head of the South East Complex Casework Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

29/03/2010

Crown Prosecution Service Statement on Wahleed Hussain

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to proceed with the retrial of Wahleed Hussain, who stood trial last year alongside his uncles for an attack on burglar Walid Salem near their home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

25/03/2010

Core Quality Standards to become the focus for the CPS

Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, issued the first set of Core Quality Standards for the Crown Prosecution Service.

25/03/2010

CPS has mixed response to the joint thematic casework review of asset recovery

The CPS has welcomed some key findings of the Inspectorate’s report on asset recovery, including the fact that the amount of criminal assets recovered each year has increased from £21 million to £135 million in the seven years to 2007-08. Performance has further improved to £148 million in 2008-09.

23/03/2010

Congratulatory statement to Nick Hardwick on his new appointment

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

23/03/2010

CPS response to the HMCPSI report on Custody Time Limits

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has welcomed a report from the HMCPSI into the way the Crown Prosecution Service handles Custody Time Limits (CTLs).

19/03/2010

Statement by Keir Starmer QC regarding the deaths of Sir Edward and Lady Downes

Sir Edward and Lady Downes took their own lives at the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland on 10 July 2009. Since there was information to suggest that one or both of their children, Mr Caractacus Downes and Ms Boudicca Downes, may have assisted their parents to commit suicide, a police investigation into their acts took place.

19/03/2010

No charges following deaths of Sir Edward and Lady Downes

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that, while there is sufficient evidence to charge Caractacus Downes with an offence of assisting the suicide of his parents, Sir Edward and Lady Joan Downes, it is not in the public interest to do so.

16/03/2010

Head of CPS London plans to turn service around

The new head of the Crown Prosecution Service in London has set in place plans to improve the service CPS London provides to victims and witnesses in the capital.

12/03/2010

Charging decision regarding Baroness Uddin

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that there will be no charges in relation to Baroness Uddin's claims for parliamentary expenses.

05/03/2010

Wife of "aircraft bomb" plotter acquitted of failure to disclose husband's plans

The wife of one of the ringleaders of the Aircraft bomb plot has been acquitted of keeping his suicide attack plans from the police.

25/02/2010

DPP publishes assisted suicide policy

The public can have full confidence in the policy the CPS will follow in deciding whether or not to prosecute cases of assisted suicide, Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today.

22/02/2010

New Code for Crown Prosecutors issued

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today issued a clarified and updated edition of The Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code).

17/02/2010

Teenager admits incitement to racial hatred over YouTube videos

A 17-year-old youth has pleaded guilty to two charges of inciting racial hatred after he posted hate-filled videos on YouTube in what the Crown Prosecution Service says is the first case of its kind in England and Wales.

08/02/2010

Statement on conviction of Commander Ali Dizaei for corruption

"The jury agreed today that Commander Ali Dizaei abused his position as a senior police officer when he threatened and arrested an innocent man with whom he had a personal dispute. Mr Dizaei had no proper reason for making this arrest and there was no real evidence that this young man had committed any crime on that day. Mr Dizaei's corruption, which would be deplorable in any police officer, was all the more so given his position as a highly ranked Police Commander.

05/02/2010

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, on parliamentary expenses charging decisions

"Following widespread concerns about the expenses claimed by some MPs and some members of the House of Lords, a number of complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police alleging criminal conduct. In light of these complaints on 15 May 2009, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, and I agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess the complaints and consider whether there should be a criminal investigation into any of them.

02/02/2010

CPS decides no charges following the death of Jane Hodge

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against any individual in relation to the death of Jane Hodge on 17 June 2009.

29/01/2010

Robert Cusworth sentenced for murder of Sally Garwood in Aylesbury

Robert Cusworth has today been sentenced to life imprisonment at Reading Crown Court for the murder of Sally Garwood, a 34 year old teaching assistant, in Aylesbury on 11 July 2009. He will serve a minimum tariff of 20 years' imprisonment.

29/01/2010

CPS statement on discontinuance of charges against 11 G20 protesters

Alison Saunders, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said:

28/01/2010

Charging decision regarding Crowthorne stabbing incident

Thames Valley Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that no charges will be brought against a man who stabbed a youth who it is alleged assaulted his stepson at his home in Crowthorne, Berkshire, on 24 July 2009.

26/01/2010

Questions about the decision to prosecute Kay Gilderdale

A question has arisen as to whether it was in the public interest for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to have prosecuted Kay Gilderdale for attempted murder.

26/01/2010

CPS authorises racially aggravated charge against Sunderland fan

Greater Manchester Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has advised police to charge a Sunderland football fan with a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident at the Wigan Athletic and Sunderland match on 28 November 2009.

21/01/2010

CPS statement on Steven Barker judgement

"The Crown Prosecution Service is pleased with the judgement handed down today. It shows that age is no bar to justice.

15/01/2010

Terence Gavan sentenced for explosives, firearms and terrorism offences

Terence Gavan was sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment today after pleading guilty to 22 charges involving explosives, firearms and terrorism offences. He had what Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer Stuart Laidlaw described as "a significant arsenal of weapons with frightening potential".

14/01/2010

Henry Redknapp charged with cheating the public revenue

Henry (Harry) Redknapp, the former football manager of Portsmouth City Football Club, has today been charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue.

12/01/2010

Milan Mandaric charged with cheating the public revenue

Milan Mandaric, the former chairman of Portsmouth City Football Club, has today been charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue following a decision by the CPS Revenue and Customs Division.

21/12/2009

CPS statement on conviction of Robert Cusworth

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Carl Barker, said:

17/12/2009

Father convicted of 1999 'honour' killing of his daughter

Following an eleven week trial, Mehmet Goren was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court of murdering his 15 year old daughter, schoolgirl Tulay Goren on 7 January 1999.

16/12/2009

CPS statement on Fairfield Post Office shooting

16/12/2009

CPS report shows rise in successful hate crime prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) second annual Hate Crime Report, published today, shows convictions for hate crimes have risen by eight per cent to 82 per cent in four years.

16/12/2009

Crown Prosecution Service Statement on Martin and Nathan Winter and Alpha Fireworks Ltd.

15/12/2009

Vanessa George and Angela Allen sentenced

Little Ted's Nursery worker Vanessa George was today sentenced with Angela Allen for sharing shocking images of child abuse and sexually assaulting some of the children in her care.

15/12/2009

CPS delivers justice for more victims of domestic violence

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has brought more prosecutions against perpetrators of domestic violence and secured more guilty pleas and convictions for the third year running.

11/12/2009

2000 responses as assisted suicide consultation comes to a close

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today called for final contributions to his public consultation on his interim policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of assisted suicide.

30/11/2009

DPP sets out prosecuting core standards for the first time

The standard of work expected of public prosecutors, at every stage of the prosecution process, is being published today for consultation for the first time.

27/11/2009

CPS charging announcement: Former cleaner charged

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the UK Border Agency to charge Otolose Loloahi Tapui with possession of a false identity document (passport), fraud by false representation and overstaying leave to remain in the UK.

23/11/2009

CPS receives parliamentary expenses files

20/11/2009

CPS no longer seeking special verdict in case of Brian Thomas

Following expert evidence from a psychiatrist in the case of Brian Thomas, where a jury was being asked to consider the unusual issue of insane automatism - a sleep disorder known as "night terror" - the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to pursue this case no further.

19/11/2009

Charging decision: Harriet Harman MP

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute the Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP for the offences of driving without due care and attention and driving whilst using a hand-held mobile telephone in relation to an incident on 3 July 2009 in Peckham, London.

13/11/2009

Crown Prosecution Statement on John McFarlane

11/11/2009

Crown Prosecution Service Statement on John and Anne Darwin

Jolyon Perks, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Cleveland, said: "In making the confiscation orders today, the Court has recognised that both defendants sought to benefit from their criminal conduct at the expense and misery of others. Those funds will no longer be available to the defendants on their release from prison and Anne Darwin, who was responsible for their finances, will be required to ensure that all identified money and property, both here and in Panama, is given up to satisfy the order.

10/11/2009

CPS and ACPO announce charging developments

The Crown Prosecution Service and Association of Chief Police Officers today announced the development of a nationwide programme to roll-out a successful CPS telephone charging advice service for police.

06/11/2009

Crown Prosecution Service statement on James Watts

James Watts, a driver for a care home for severely disabled adults, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment following his conviction on four counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker and two counts of sexual assault.

02/11/2009

DPP sets out what is expected of public prosecutors

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today published a Statement of Ethical Principles, setting out what is expected of public prosecutors in England and Wales.

27/10/2009

CPS decides charges following death of Tyler Juett

The Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit for the East Midlands has decided a man who stabbed two burglars he disturbed in his mother's home - one of them 17 year old Tyler Juett who later died from his injury - should be charged with murder and wounding with intent

26/10/2009

Natasha Wins Coveted CPS Scholarship

A forced marriage expert has been named as this year's recipient of the coveted Crown Prosecution Service Anthony Walker Law Scholarship.

26/10/2009

Disability Hate Crime Conference

A conference in Hertfordshire next week will aim to raise awareness of disability hate crime, and find out how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police can better handle cases.

22/10/2009

Crown Prosecution Service Statement: R v Andrew Blaine

Bernard Byrne, district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Cheshire, said: "This was a very harrowing and complex case.

21/10/2009

DPP Defends Human Rights Act At Annual Lecture

The Director of Public Prosecutions has mounted a robust defence of the Human Rights Act at the Public Prosecution Service Annual Lecture.

20/10/2009

CPS statement on HMCPSI follow up audit on Direct Communications with Victims

Following the publication of the HMCPSI report into the follow up audit of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) performance regarding the Direct Communications with Victims (DCV) Scheme, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said: "We welcome the report and we are satisfied that the Inspectorate recognised that since the last audit we have made some improvement. The report shows that letters were sent in 72.9 per cent of relevant cases, an increase of 11 per cent on what was found in the last audit, and that our new monitoring system, used to record details of DCV letters sent, has improved the recording and accuracy of the timeliness of letters.

19/10/2009

CPS consults on changes to prosecution principles

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today launched a 12 week public consultation on important changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors - the document that sets out the principles which prosecutors must follow when they decide whether or not to prosecute an individual.

09/10/2009

CPS moves closer to electronic case file

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today taken a major step towards electronic case files by signing two contract extensions that will bring new technology to staff, allowing them to access case information wherever and whenever they need it.

01/10/2009

CPS: Joint statement on Vanessa George, Colin Blanchard and Angela Allen

Statement on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Greater Manchester Police, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Constabulary.

30/09/2009

CPS Statement in response to the HMCPSI report into its Organised Crime Division

Following the publication of the HMCPSI Report into the CPS Organised Crime Division (OCD), Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I am delighted with this report which recognises the quality of the team at CPS Organised Crime Division. OCD deals with some of our largest and most complex cases, which often span international borders. It is a tribute to the hard work, expertise and commitment of every member of that team, both here and overseas. This report underscores the excellence of the specialised casework divisions that we have developed at the CPS over the last few years."

28/09/2009

CPS statement regarding Nicola Fisher

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Police Sergeant Delroy (Tony) Smellie with the offence of assault by beating of Nicola Fisher on 2 April 2009 at a demonstration in the City of London.

28/09/2009

CPS statement on Securitas robbery guilty pleas

At Woolwich Crown Court today (Monday, 28 September 2009), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accepted guilty pleas from Paul Allen who was charged with conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to use firearms in the £53 million Securitas robbery.

23/09/2009

DPP publishes interim policy on prosecuting assisted suicide

Launching his interim policy on prosecuting cases of assisted suicide today, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, called for public participation in a 12-week consultation on the factors he has identified which will be taken into account when considering whether prosecutions will be brought for this offence.

18/09/2009

Charging decision regarding shooting of Mark Saunders

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that no charges will be brought against any of the Metropolitan Police Service officers involved in the fatal shooting of the barrister Mark Saunders in West London on 6 May 2008.

16/09/2009

Crown Prosecution Service Statement on the case of Swift and McKnight

John Lord, head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Greater Manchester, said: "Our judicial system is designed to test fully those cases that are placed before it.

11/09/2009

DPP announces decision on "aircraft bomb" plot retrial

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has decided to seek a retrial of three defendants in the "aircraft bomb" plot after a jury was unable to reach verdicts on these men.

07/09/2009

"Aircraft bomb" plotters guilty of conspiracy to murder

Following a six-month retrial, three men, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, were today convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of conspiracy to murder in the "aircraft bomb" plot. Sue Hemming, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, described the plot as "calculated and sophisticated" and one which could have killed hundreds of people. Another man was convicted of conspiracy to murder without being aware that the targets were aircraft.

03/09/2009

Two boys plead guilty to violent offences against other children

At Sheffield Crown Court today, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accepted guilty pleas from two boys accused of violent offences against other children in Edlington, near Doncaster. They had been charged with the attempted murder of two other boys.

13/08/2009

CPS updates its policy to tackle robustly Football Hooliganism

Anyone receiving a Football Banning Order this season will not be able to actively support England and Wales if they qualify for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year, said Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the CPS lead on football matters.

06/08/2009

CPS statement on House of Commons Justice Committee report

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today:

05/08/2009

CPS statement on Irish extraditions

The Crown Prosecution Service can confirm it has advised the Metropolitan Police Service that it will no longer be seeking the prosecution of four men from Ireland: Nessan Quinlivan, Pearse McAuley, Andrew Martin & Anthony Duncan.

03/08/2009

Victims and witnesses with mental health issues or a learning disability should have access to justice, says DPP

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published two new public policy statements to explain how it will deal with cases involving victims and witnesses who have mental health issues or a learning disability to ensure they have access to justice.

31/07/2009

CPS statement regarding McKinnon judgment

In response to today's judgment from the Administrative Court in relation to Gary McKinnon, Alison Saunders Head of the CPS Organised Crime Division said:

31/07/2009

DPP announces new head of Fraud Prosecution Division

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced Gregor McGill as the new Head of the Fraud Prosecution Division, the specialist team within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dedicated to prosecuting fraud-related offences.

30/07/2009

CPS statement on Debbie Purdy

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said:

23/07/2009

DPP's plan for a fair, fearless and effective public prosecution service

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today published his plan for taking forward the public prosecution service, at the heart of the criminal justice service.

17/07/2009

Isa Ibrahim guilty of terrorism and explosives offences

Following Isa Ibrahim's conviction at Winchester Crown Court today for possessing explosives and a terrorism offence, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Counter Terrorism lawyer Moira Macmillan said: "As part of this investigation, the police spent thousands of hours painstakingly reconstructing Isa Ibrahim's computer and internet activity in the months leading up to his arrest.

16/07/2009

DPP’s findings in relation to ‘phone hacking’

A statement by Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions:

15/07/2009

Neil Lewington convicted of terrorism and explosives offences

Neil Lewington, who was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court of terrorism and explosives offences, was on the point of carrying out a campaign of terrorism in the UK against those he regarded as 'non-British', said Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division reviewing lawyer Bethan David.

09/07/2009

CPS Statement Regarding "Phone Hacking"

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today:

03/07/2009

Drax Power Station protestors committed criminal act not peaceful demonstration

29/06/2009

Extradition of Mohammed Saleh Ali from Iraq

Mohammed Saleh Ali has today been extradited to the UK.

29/06/2009

CPS statement on Darryn Walker

The Crown Prosecution Service has today, 29 June 2009, offered no evidence at Newcastle Crown Court against Darryn Walker, accused of one offence under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959.

26/06/2009

CPS statement on case of Demi Leigh Mahon

Cheryl Hramiak, Branch Crown Prosecutor for Salford, Stockport & Trafford, gave the following statement on the conviction of Karl McCluney, 15, for the murder of Demi Leigh Mahon, aged two.

25/06/2009

CPS announces first advocacy assessment system

A national system of advocacy assessment was announced today by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC. In an update on the progress of the CPS Advocacy Strategy, he also released the first detailed figures showing the savings the strategy has produced.

11/06/2009

Statement on conviction of three men for murder of Ben Kinsella.

Jade Braithwaite (20), Michael Alleyne (18) and Juress Kika (19) were today convicted of the murder of schoolboy Ben Kinsella following a seven week trial at the Central Criminal Court.

05/06/2009

Joint statement on alleged misuse of parliamentary expenses

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) today issued the following statement relating to allegations of misuse of parliamentary expenses.

21/05/2009

Charging decision regarding Metropolitan Police officer (Jamshid) Ali Dizaei

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that there is sufficient evidence to charge (Jamshid) Ali Dizaei with misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice in relation to events that took place on Friday 18 July 2008.

15/05/2009

Joint statement on alleged misuse of parliamentary expenses

A joint statement has been issued today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) relating to allegations of misuse of parliamentary expenses.

07/05/2009

CPS decides no charges over Labour Party donations

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised all concerned parties that there is insufficient evidence to charge anyone with any offences in relation to the incorrect declaration of donations to the Labour Party.

01/05/2009

R v Wilson and Young. A statement regarding calling a very young victim as a witness

The question whether a very young witness should be called to give evidence does not hinge only on the question of age. When reviewing cases involving very young witnesses the Crown Prosecution Service must consider a number of issues.

28/04/2009

Jury acquits 3 men of conspiracy with the 7/7 bombers but 2 men guilty of terrorist training

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Salim and Mohammed Shakil were today found not guilty of conspiracy to cause an explosion. The Crown Prosecution Service’s case was that the men conspired together and with Mohammed Siddique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay, Hasib Hussain and others in the months leading up to the bombings in London on 7 July 2005.

23/04/2009

CPS advises first corporate manslaughter charge under new act

In the first application of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised a charge of corporate manslaughter against Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd in relation to the death of Alexander Wright on 5 September 2008.

20/04/2009

CPS advises charges against MEP Tom Wise and Researcher

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised Bedfordshire Police to charge Thomas Wise MEP and his then researcher Lindsay Jenkins with one count each of false accounting contrary to the Theft Act 1968 and one count each of money laundering contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

16/04/2009

CPS advises Metropolitan Police no prosecution of Damian Green or Christopher Galley

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has decided there should be no charges brought against MP Damian Green or Home Office civil servant Christopher Galley, following a Metropolitan Police Service investigation into leaks of information from the Home Office.

16/04/2009

CPS Counter Terrorism Division praised after inspection finds work is of high standard

The Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division has been praised for its exceptionally high standards in the way it handles some of the country's most difficult cases, after a formal inspection of its work.

08/04/2009

Director of Public Prosecutions announces appointments to two senior CPS posts

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced appointments to the key posts of Director of Equality and Diversity and Principal Legal Advisor.

07/04/2009

Crown Prosecution Service advises police to charge boys aged 10 and 11 with attempted murder

South Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service has advised South Yorkshire Police to charge two young boys with offences of attempted murder and robbery following an incident in Edlington at the weekend.

07/04/2009

CPS advises no charges over death of PC Ian Terry

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that it will not bring charges in relation to the tragic death of PC Ian Terry who was fatally shot by a fellow officer during a training exercise on 9 June 2008.

18/03/2009

CPS updates its rape and domestic violence policies

Revised public policies on the way the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) handles cases of rape and domestic violence aim to give greater clarity to those who support victims, and provide consistency for prosecutors.

18/03/2009

CPS helps in referral of Robert Hodgson case to court of appeal

The Crown Prosecution Service helped to bring new DNA evidence in the case of Robert Hodgson - convicted of murder 27 years ago - to the attention of the Criminal Cases Review Commission who referred the case to the Court of Appeal. Today, the Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction as unsafe.

11/03/2009

London cab driver guilty of multiple sexual offences on passengers

London black cab driver John Worboys has today been convicted for sexual attacks against 12 women for offences he committed in London between October 2006 and February 2008.

06/03/2009

No retrial over inflatable artwork deaths

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that it will not ask for a retrial of artist Maurice Agis on remaining charges of manslaughter following the deaths of two women who were killed when his inflatable artwork "Dreamspace" broke free from its moorings.

05/03/2009

CPS to revise complaints handling procedure

An independent report into the way the Crown Prosecution Services handles complaints is a careful and constructive analysis, which will help the CPS improve its service, said the Director of Public Prosecutions.

04/03/2009

Gang convicted for audacious attempted bank theft

Hugh Rodley and David Nash were today convicted at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court for their part in a European plot to steal £229 million. They join three others who have already pleaded guilty. Inger Britt Marie Malmros, who was extradited to stand trial, was found not guilty.

04/03/2009

CPS decides not to refer hunting cases to House of Lords

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to appeal to the House of Lords following a judgement on two hunting cases made in the High Court, which included clarification of the term "hunts" in the Hunting Act 2004.

03/03/2009

CPS advises charges over Lynette White trials

The Crown Prosecution Service's Special Crime Division (SCD) has advised South Wales Police that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute 15 people involved in the trials of five men for the 1988 murder of Lynette White.

26/02/2009

CPS decision on Gary McKinnon case

Aspects of this statement have been superseded. See statement of 31 July 2009
 
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today announced that it will not prosecute Gary McKinnon in relation to allegations of computer misuse. This decision follows a careful review of all available evidence including further material and admissions to offences under Section 2 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 which were submitted by Mr McKinnon's solicitors.

19/02/2009

First CPS in-house lawyer appointed queen's counsel

For the first time in its 23-year history, a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in-house lawyer has been appointed to the rank of Queen's Counsel (QC) - senior barristers or solicitors recognised as experts in their field and judged capable of prosecuting the most complex and high profile cases.

17/02/2009

CPS Decision - Mohamed Al Fayed

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has advised the Metropolitan Police Service that no criminal proceedings will be brought against Mr Mohamed Al Fayed following allegations of sexual assault.

16/02/2009

Lorry driver guilty of causing deaths of family of six

A lorry driver's inattention caused an horrific accident which wiped out an entire family including four children, said CPS Cheshire Chief Crown Prosecutor Ian Rushton.

13/02/2009

University fire bomber convicted

Mel Broughton, who has been convicted of conspiracy to commit arson and two associated offences, was not a peaceful protestor as he claimed but someone who took an active part in a fire bombing campaign at Oxford University, said Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Paul Harrison.

13/02/2009

CPS Statement - Joint Statement on Christopher Galley and Damian Green

A joint statement has been issued today by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service relating to the extension of bail for Christopher Galley and Damian Green.

13/02/2009

CPS Statement - Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes

Stephen O’Doherty, reviewing lawyer, CPS Special Crime Division, said today that following a review of evidence after the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes he had found insufficient evidence to prosecute any individual police officer. 

29/01/2009

CPS consults on changes to prosecution principles

The Crown Prosecution Service has today launched a twelve week public consultation on the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the document which sets out the principles which prosecutors must follow when they decide whether or not to prosecute an individual.

08/01/2009

Two guilty of inciting racial hatred against Jews

Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle have been convicted of inciting racial hatred against Jews and other minority ethnic groups using material which the Crown Prosecution Service said crossed the line from unpleasant and obnoxious to a criminal offence.

23/12/2008

Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmail plotters guilty

The conviction of seven animal rights activists for threatening and intimidating people and companies that they suspected were associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) marks the end of a prolonged and sustained campaign of threats, intimidation and damage to property, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reviewing lawyer Alastair Nisbet said today.

19/12/2008

CPS director awarded degree for equality work

The London Metropolitan University has presented an honorary degree of Doctor of Law to Mr Raj Joshi, CPS Director of Legal Practice & Quality Assurance, for his 'outstanding contribution to the development of legal practice in the UK and commitment to equality in the international legal arena.'

18/12/2008

First conviction for directing terrorism as a member of al-Qaeda

The conviction of Rangzieb Ahmed for directing terrorism as a member of al-Qaeda is the first time someone has been found guilty of these offences in England and Wales, said Mark Topping, reviewing lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division.

18/12/2008

Robert Napper pleads guilty to manslaughter of Rachel Nickell

Robert Napper, currently detained at Broadmoor Hospital and charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992, today offered a plea of guilty to her manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility. This was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

17/12/2008

Father guilty of causing deaths of his children in Land Rover accident

The decision to prosecute Nigel Gresham, the father found guilty of causing the deaths of four of his children through dangerous driving, was not taken lightly, said Lincolnshire Crown Prosecution Service's Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Kaur Narwal.

16/12/2008

Teenager guilty of murder of Rhys Jones

The shooting of an 11 year old boy on his way home from football practice was a crime which shocked not only Liverpool but the whole country, said Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer Helen Morris.

16/12/2008

Doctor Bilal Abdulla guilty of London and Glasgow bomb plot

A plan to set off car bombs in London's West End was not aimed at scaring people but to kill and maim on a large scale, said Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division lawyer Karen Jones.

12/12/2008

DPP launches public consultation on prosecuting cases involving victims and witnesses experiencing mental distress and/or with learning disabilities

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, today asked for the public to contribute to a consultation on the Crown Prosecution Service's new policy on prosecuting criminal cases involving victims and witnesses experiencing mental distress and/or with learning disabilities.

11/12/2008

Rape and domestic violence conviction rates rise

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence offences prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have increased to 58 per cent and 69 per cent respectively, according to a report published today.

11/12/2008

Successful prosecutions for hate crimes up - CPS report

Successful prosecutions for hate crimes have increased over the last few years, according to a new report from the Crown Prosecution Service.

09/12/2008

No charges following death by suicide of Daniel James

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions has today said that, while there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction of Mark and Julie James in relation to the death by suicide of their son Daniel, such a prosecution is not in the public interest and no further action should be taken either against them or against a family friend who assisted them.

08/12/2008

CPS lawyer crosses the floor to become full-time judge

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyer has been appointed as a full time judge, it is announced today.

05/12/2008

CPS decides no charges for Peter Hain MP

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised all concerned parties that there is insufficient evidence to charge Peter Hain MP with any offences in relation to donations made to Mr Hain's campaign to support his bid to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in mid 2007.

04/12/2008

CPS wins diversity and equality award

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has won the Improvement Award at the annual Civil Service Diversity and Equality Awards ceremony which was held in Birmingham on Tuesday 2 December.

04/12/2008

Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan abused Shannon's trust says CPS lawyer

Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan abused public services and public money and, worst of all, a child's trust for personal gain, said Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer Malcolm Taylor, following their conviction at Leeds Crown Court.

04/12/2008

CPS study on 'honour' crime prosecutions published

Prosecutors will be better able to tackle cases of so-called 'honour' crime following a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) study, the first it has undertaken.

28/11/2008

CPS decides no retrial for Daniel James - soldier faces sentence over Official Secrets breach

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to seek a retrial for two outstanding charges on which a jury failed to reach a verdict against soldier Daniel James. He will now be sentenced for passing information useful to an enemy, contrary to the Official Secrets Act, 1911.

27/11/2008

Seven men guilty of the murder of M40 biker

Gerry Tobin was killed on the M40 in a cold blooded, military style operation only because he was a Hell's Angel's member, said David Robinson, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Warwickshire.

27/11/2008

Prosecutors and police welcome joint inspectorate reports on arrangements for charging criminal offences

The police investigation into the attack on Abigail Witchalls revealed evidence that would have been sufficient to commence a prosecution against Richard Cazaly for the offence, the CPS announced today.

25/11/2008

Maninder Pal Singh Kohli guilty of abduction, rape and murder of Hannah Foster

The case of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, believed to be the first Indian national to have been extradited from India to face trial in this country, was one of the most complicated to be handled by the Crown Prosecution Service in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

14/11/2008

CPS out of hours service delivers half a million charging decisions

CPS Direct, the Crown Prosecution Service department set up to provide the police with out of hours advice on charging decisions, has now provided its half-millionth decision to police officers in England and Wales.

13/11/2008

CPS responds to review of decision making in road death cases

A review of the way the Crown Prosecution Service deals with road traffic cases involving fatalities shows that the organisation has made good progress, said Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.

11/11/2008

Three convicted over protracted death of toddler

Following a nine week trial three people have been convicted at the Central Criminal Court over the death of a seventeen month old child in London.

10/11/2008

CPS to intervene in private prosecution of Gateshead art exhibition

A private prosecution of Gateshead's Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art for allegedly outraging public decency has been discontinued by CPS Northumbria.

31/10/2008

Vote of confidence in CPS Associate Prosecutors

As part of its contribution towards a more efficient and effective criminal justice system, the Crown Prosecution Service has further advanced the development of Associate Prosecutors - specially trained lay employees of the CPS who are permitted by law to prosecute a defined range of proceedings in the magistrates' courts.

20/10/2008

Our rights are priceless in the relentless struggle against terrorism says Sir Ken Macdonald

A call for level headedness and legislative restraint in an age of danger and risk was made by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC in the inaugural CPS Lecture.

06/10/2008

Society must do better on disability hate crime says DPP

Too many disabled people are living in fear because the criminal justice system is letting them down, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said.

29/09/2008

CPS Decision: John Hogan

The Crown Prosecution Service will take no action against John Hogan in relation to the death of his son Liam in Crete on 15 August 2006.

28/08/2008

CPS decision over Newquay hotel fire

There is insufficient evidence to charge anyone over a fire at the Penhallow Hotel, Newquay, in which three people died, the Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit in the South West has decided.

27/08/2008

First case of ritual child flagellation ends in conviction

"The case of the first person to be convicted of child cruelty during a ritual ceremony involving flagellation makes clear the law is there to protect children", said Greater Manchester Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Carol Jackson.

22/08/2008

Crown Prosecution Service and Brazilian officials tackle football-related violence at World Cup 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today hailed a visit by a delegation from Brazil - here to learn from British expertise in security and tackling hooliganism - as an outstanding success. Brazil will be hosting the World Cup in 2014.

21/08/2008

CPS improves its contribution to the safeguarding of children

The Crown Prosecution Service has welcomed the report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate which shows that it has improved its role and contribution to the safeguarding of children as recommended in its earlier report.

18/08/2008

Terrorist "Mr Fix-It" convicted with two others of terrorism offences

Aabid Khan was a terrorism facilitator with international connections and the leader of a cell which gathered a library of terrorism information helpful to those plotting attacks, said Karen Jones of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.

14/08/2008

CPS announces "lead football prosecutors" to tackle football hooliganism

The creation of lead football prosecutors in all Areas and new instructions on evidence for prosecutors are part of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) amended Guidance on Football Related Offences.

07/08/2008

CPS launches consultations on rape and domestic violence policies

The Crown Prosecution Service today launched two public consultations focusing on how it handles rape cases and cases of domestic violence. Revisions to both policies are needed following changes in the law, procedure and other developments since they were both last published several years ago.

01/08/2008

Barry George acquitted of murder of Jill Dando: CPS statement

A jury at the Central Criminal Court today found Barry George not guilty of the murder of Jill Dando, following a retrial.

31/07/2008

Verdict in trial for manslaughter of Private Gavin Williams: CPS statement

Corporal John Edwards, Provost Sergeant Russell Price and Sergeant Paul Blake were today acquitted of the manslaughter of Private Gavin Williams at Winchester Crown Court.

28/07/2008

CPS decides no prosecution over death of ITN's Terry Lloyd in Iraq

It is not possible to say who fired the fatal shot which killed ITN journalist Terry Lloyd and so the CPS has advised the police there is insufficient evidence for any prosecution over his death in Iraq, Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division, announced today.

23/07/2008

Wife guilty of fraud and money laundering in "canoe man" case

Anne Darwin was today convicted of offences of fraud and money laundering over the disappearance and faked death of her husband John, bringing to an end one of the most unusual cases ever handled by Cleveland Crown Prosecution Service.

21/07/2008

New violent assault legal guidance extends to NHS volunteers

Tough revised guidelines governing the prosecution of violent offenders who target NHS staff have been jointly issued today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS). The updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the first time extends to cover not only NHS staff but also people who volunteer their time to the NHS.

21/07/2008

CPS advises police to charge father over deaths of children in Land Rover accident

Lincolnshire Crown Prosecution Service has today advised Lincolnshire Police to charge Nigel Gresham with four offences of causing death by dangerous driving following an accident in which four of his seven children died.

15/07/2008

CPS publishes policy on prosecuting crimes against older people

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, said the Crown Prosecution Service was making clear to the public that it takes crime against older people seriously as a policy published today sets out how it handles these cases.

25/06/2008

Nazi sympathiser sentenced for terrorism offences

Nazi fanatic Martyn Gilleard was sentenced today for terrorism offences after police found weapons, including home-made bombs, and extreme right-wing propaganda and terrorist literature at his home while searching for indecent images of children.

17/06/2008

CPS response to Samina Malik appeal

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to seek a retrial in the case of Samina Malik after the Court of Appeal quashed her conviction for collecting information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

11/06/2008

21/7 bomber's wife and others found guilty of terrorism offences

The wife of Hussein Osman, one of the four men found guilty of conspiracy to murder London commuters 14 days after the 7/7 bombings, was today found guilty with others of assisting an offender and failing to give information to the police. Two other defendants were cleared by the jury.

05/06/2008

Possession of knives - CPS statement

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC, said today that anyone caught in possession of a knife in a public place can expect to be prosecuted.

29/05/2008

CPS charging decision: Naomi Campbell

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Naomi Campbell with six offences in relation to incidents that occurred on a stationary aircraft and within Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, London, on 3 April 2008.

28/05/2008

Nisha Patel-Nasri's killers convicted

Fadi Nasri, Roger Leslie, and Jason Jones were today convicted of the murder of Nisha Patel-Nasri. Nisha bled to death at her home in Wembley on 11 May 2006 following a single stab wound to her leg. Tony Emmanuel was acquitted of murder.

22/05/2008

CPS statement: Crossfire killer convicted

Armel Gnango was today convicted of the murder of care worker Magda Pniewska, a wholly innocent passerby killed in a street shooting in south London last October.

14/05/2008

CPS ends Venezuelan drug plot

A plot to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £40m from Venezuela in a speedboat finally sank today with convictions at Woolwich Crown Court, London.

14/05/2008

CPS statement: Amy Winehouse suspected drug abuse

The Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] today announced that it will not advise criminal proceedings against Amy Winehouse in relation to incidents of suspected substance abuse, depicted on video footage covertly recorded in the early hours of 18 January this year and later passed to the Metropolitan Police Service [MPS]. Following an extensive police enquiry, a file was submitted to the CPS to determine whether anti drugs laws had been broken.

06/05/2008

CPS publishes response to All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism

A Crown Prosecution Service investigation into cases involving antisemitism, carried out as part of its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, has found that more needs to be done to encourage victims to support a prosecution.

02/05/2008

Convictions in royal blackmail case

After a three week trial, Ian Strachan and Sean McGuigan have today been found guilty of blackmailing a member of the extended Royal Family.

30/04/2008

CPS decision on the death of Frank Ogboru

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised all concerned parties that there is insufficient evidence to charge any individuals with any offences in relation to the tragic death of Mr Frank Ogboru, 43, who died after police restrained him in Woolwich, South London. Mr Ogboru, a Nigerian businessman, was visiting London at the time.

28/04/2008

Teenagers sentenced for murder of Sophie Lancaster

As two teenagers started life sentences today for the murder of Sophie Lancaster, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Lancashire, Robert Marshall, described the case as "truly shocking".

25/04/2008

CPS advises no charges against Edwin Pitkin

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that Mr Edwin Pitkin will not face charges for the death of Mr Mark Woods at Mr Pitkin's home in Enfield, London, in February this year. Mr Woods was fatally stabbed in the chest during a struggle with Mr Pitkin as he attempted to gain entry to his house.

23/04/2008

CPS advises charges in 21-year old murder case

The Crown Prosecution Service has this afternoon advised the Metropolitan Police that Garry John Vian and James Fredrick William Cook be charged with the murder of Daniel Morgan in South London in 1987. It has also advised that Sidney Alexander Fillery be charged with perverting the course of justice.

23/04/2008

CPS announces 'no prosecution' of Dr Rodney Gilbert

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that no prosecution will be brought against Dr Rodney Gilbert, the consultant in charge of the care of Joshua Taylor, who died aged 15 months from hypernatraemia, an excess of salt in his body.

18/04/2008

Six men sentenced over terrorism charges

Preacher Omar Brooks was one of six men sentenced today at Kingston Crown Court after being found guilty of supporting terrorism, including charges of fundraising for terrorism and incitment to commit an act of terrorism overseas.

09/04/2008

CPS statement: Murder of Paul Erhahon

Today three young men were convicted of the murder, and two of manslaughter, of Paul Erhahon, on Good Friday last year in Leytonstone, east London. A further young man was convicted of the attempted murder of his friend, Stephen Mafolabomi, on Good Friday last year.

09/04/2008

CPS Anthony Walker Law Scholarship launched

The Crown Prosecution Service Merseyside is now inviting applications for a law scholarship in memory of Anthony Walker, a young man with ambitions of becoming a lawyer, who was murdered in a racist attack in 2005.

08/04/2008

Karen Matthews - CPS charging decision

Peter Mann, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service West and North Yorkshire Complex Casework Unit, today made the following statement in relation to Karen Matthews:

01/04/2008

CPS announces the roll out of two key justice initiatives

The national roll-out of two new initiatives - pre-trial interviews with witnesses and conditional cautions - has now been completed across England and Wales.

19/03/2008

CPS updates policy on prosecuting racist and religious crime

The Crown Prosecution Service has updated its policy and guidance to prosecutors on racist and religious crime following changes in the law and the way it deals with victims and witnesses.

17/03/2008

CPS announce Michael Donovan charging decision

Peter Mann, Head of CPS West and North Yorkshire Complex Case Unit, today made the following statement in relation to the disappearance and subsequent discovery last Friday, 14 March, of Shannon Matthews:

14/03/2008

CPS issues public policy on sexual transmission of infection

After extensive consultation, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today published a public policy statement and guidance to prosecutors to explain how it deals with cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection. To date 11 such cases have been prosecuted.

14/03/2008

CPS decision on Jonathan Evans rape allegation

Greater Manchester Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is insufficient evidence to charge footballer Jonathan Evans, accused of rape following a party at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester in December 2007.

11/03/2008

New presence in Pakistan for CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has appointed its first CPS liaison magistrate - or prosecutor - in Pakistan, adding to its team of lawyers based around the world to assist in the fight against global crime.

11/03/2008

CPS improved performance

The Crown Prosecution Service has welcomed the report by HM CPS Inspectorate which shows that it has strengthened and improved performance since it was last assessed in 2005.

07/03/2008

CPS and ACPO sign protocol on handling of rape cases

A model protocol designed to improve the investigation and prosecution of rape cases throughout England and Wales, has been signed today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

03/03/2008

Nurse found guilty of killing his patients

Colin Norris was today found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of the murders of Ethel Hall, Doris Ludlam, Bridget Bourke and Irene Crookes. He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Vera Wilby.

27/02/2008

CPS decides not to charge shopkeeper over death of armed robber

Lancashire Crown Prosecution Service has decided shopkeeper Mangal Singh should not be charged with murder following the death of an armed robber during a violent struggle outside Mr Singh's shop in Skelmersdale.

26/02/2008

Terror training camps trial marks another first for the Crown Prosecution Service

Seven men have been convicted following the landmark 'terrorist training camps' trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

25/02/2008

Levi Bellfield prosecution was a shocking and exceptional case says CPS

Even for prosecutors and caseworkers used to dealing with murder, the Levi Bellfield trial was an exception in its complexity and distressing detail, according to reviewing lawyer Andrew Hadik of Special Casework CPS London, who began advising the police some 18 months before charge.

22/02/2008

CPS statement - Mark Dixie convicted of murder

Following the conviction of Mark Dixie for the murder of Sally Anne Bowman, Damaris Lakin from the CPS London Homicide Team said:

21/02/2008

Steve Wright guilty of murders of five women

The prosecution of Steve Wright for the murders of five young women is one of the biggest cases ever handled by the Crown Prosecution Service in Suffolk, said one of the CPS lawyers in the case, Michael Crimp.

20/02/2008

CPS racist and religious crime data published

The Crown Prosecution Service's Racist and Religious Incident Monitoring report for 2006-2007 shows an increase in prosecutions on the previous year for racist offences and a fall in prosecutions for religiously aggravated offences.

18/02/2008

Five men sentenced over terrorism offences connected to the Birmingham beheading plot

Five men were sentenced today over terrorism offences relating to a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier. The ring leader Parviz Khan and three others already pleaded guilty to terrorism offences before the start of the trial in January.

30/01/2008

New agreement for CPS Designated Caseworkers to join ILEX

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) have agreed in principle that later this year CPS Designated Caseworkers (APs) will be admitted into the Institute of Legal Executives for the first time.

28/01/2008

Five men guilty in Securitas robbery case

Lea Rusha, Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Roger Coutts and Emir Hysenaj were found guilty today at the Old Bailey of the £53m robbery at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

23/01/2008

CPS out of hours service to review hate crimes

CPS Direct, the Crown Prosecution Service department responsible for charging suspects out of hours, has initiated a Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel to improve the way in which it deals with hate crime.

22/01/2008

CPS issues prosecutor checklist for current cases involving Low Copy Number DNA analysis

Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have today been provided with the latest information on Low Copy Number DNA testing and guidance on how to deal with cases where it is used. This follows the public statement last week in which, following a review of current cases using LCN, the service stated that none gave cause for concern.

16/01/2008

Defendants found guilty over Garry Newlove's death

Adam Swellings, Stephen Sorton and Jordan Cunliffe were found guilty at Chester Crown Court of the murder of Garry Newlove, who was killed after remonstrating with a group of teenagers outside his house about damage to his wife's car.

14/01/2008

Review of the use of Low Copy Number DNA analysis in current cases: CPS statement

The judgment in the Omagh bombing case, R v Hoey, was handed down on the 20th December 2007.

20/12/2007

CPS publishes policy on bad driving

A better service to bereaved families from prosecutors and new guidance on what constitutes dangerous driving are the main changes in the Crown Prosecution Service policy on bad driving published today.

13/12/2007

CPS response to HMCPSI report on discontinuances

In response to the HMCPSI report on its review of the decision-making and management of discontinued cases and discharged committals by the Crown Prosecution Service, Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald QC said:

07/12/2007

R v Rogers & Others (horse racing trial), CPS statement

Reviewing lawyer Asker Husain, from the CPS Special Crime Division, said:

28/11/2007

CPS authorises police to charge Robert Napper with the murder of Rachel Nickell

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Robert Napper with the murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992.

15/11/2007

CPS decision on the death of Paul Coker

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised all concerned parties that there is insufficient evidence to charge any individuals with any offences in relation to the tragic death of Paul Coker at Plumstead Police Station, South London on 6 August 2005.

07/11/2007

CPS seeks views on prosecuting crimes against older people

The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a public consultation on prosecuting crimes against older people, seeking views on how it deals with crimes against them and how it supports those who are victims and witnesses.

06/11/2007

Millie and Jerome go to court

"Millie the witness" and "Jerome: a witness in court" are the faces of a new drive launched by the Crown Prosecution Service during Inside Justice Week to inform children and young people of what will happen if they report a crime.

05/11/2007

CPS seeks views on Violence Against Women Strategy

The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a public consultation on its Violence against Women Strategy and Action Plans. The Strategy aims to coordinate and improve the prosecution response to a range of crimes that fall under the umbrella of 'violence against women'.

05/11/2007

CPS team wins award for historic rape convictions

Prosecutors, Police and forensic scientists today won a national Justice Award* for pioneering work in investigating and prosecuting historic rape cases.

05/11/2007

CPS wins award for hate crime work

A Crown Prosecution Service team from West Yorkshire today won a national Justice Award* for pioneering work in analysing its hate crime cases. Hate Crime Scrutiny panels are now being rolled out across the CPS.

05/11/2007

Mirror readers vote CPS lawyer top for honour crime work

CPS lawyer Nazir Afzal today topped a Daily Mirror readers' poll, to win the People's Award, for his work in highlighting the issue of so-called honour crimes, where Asian women have been killed by members of their own families if they are judged to have brought shame by not marrying the man chosen for them.

01/11/2007

CPS statement following conviction of Office of Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

This was a serious allegation of an offence under legislation enacted by Parliament specifically to protect the public. It followed a thorough investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

29/10/2007

CPS out of hours service raises online profile

CPS Direct, the out of hours charging division of the Crown Prosecution Service, is increasing its online presence with a dedicated area on the CPS website aimed at raising public awareness of its contribution to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

26/10/2007

CPS Decision on Baltic Exhibition Photograph

Northumbria Crown Prosecution Service has advised Northumbria Police that a photograph seized from an exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, is not an indecent image.

11/10/2007

CPS homophobic crime data 2006 - 2007

Figures released today by the Crown Prosecution Service show that homophobic crime is being tackled head on, and with success.

08/10/2007

Charging decision in Conservative Party Honours allegation

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that there is insufficient evidence to charge any individuals after an investigation into allegations under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 in relation to the Conservative Party.

08/10/2007

CPS praised in Race Report

In its final legacy document, "A lot done, a lot to do: Our vision for an integrated Britain", a report on race equality in Britain, the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) found the CPS had made continued improvements.

01/10/2007

CPS discontinues case against Dr Saraj Adlakha and Shilpa Abrol

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service has informed Birmingham Crown Court that there is no longer sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and will terminate the proceedings in the case against Dr Saroj Adlakha and her daughter Shilpa Abrol who were both charged with conspiracy to commit child destruction abroad.

27/09/2007

CPS responds to Inspectorate audit of Direct Communication with Victims scheme

Following the publication of the HMCPSI report into Crown Prosecution Service performance regarding the Direct Communication with Victims scheme, Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC said: "We welcome this report. The CPS now has a much greater role in victim and witness care and we are committed to meeting our commitments and responsibilities to provide a service that is efficient and sensitive to their needs. How we communicate with victims when important decisions are taken about their cases is an important part of this.

24/09/2007

CPS decision on new evidence in Jessie James shooting

Greater Manchester Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed the new evidence relating to the shooting of teenager Jessie James and has decided that there is not enough evidence to charge anyone in connection with his murder on the evidence so far.

18/09/2007

CPS Director of Legal Practice and quality assurance wins Jewel Award

Raj Joshi, Director of Legal Practice and quality assurance for the CPS has won a Lloyds TSB Southern Jewel Award for Public Service Excellence. The awards, now in their fifth year, "celebrate the continued achievements of British Asians" and took place at the London Hilton, Park Lane on 15th September 2007.

10/09/2007

Jacqueline Simpson found not guilty of manslaughter

Colin Davies, Assistant District Crown Prosecutor for Merseyside, said: "The death of Ellie Lawrenson on New Year's Day, when she was mauled to death by her family's pit-bull type dog, Reuben, was a tragedy for all involved and in particular for Ellie's parents.

10/09/2007

CPS advises no charges following re-investigation into death of Stuart Lubbock

Essex Crown Prosecution Service has advised Essex Police that no one should be charged with any criminal offences following a re-investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead at the entertainer Michael Barrymore's home in 2001.

06/09/2007

CPS announces changes in policy on bad driving and publishes summary of responses to consultation

The Crown Prosecution Service received one of its widest responses from the public when it asked for comments on prosecuting bad driving. The responses to the consultation will result in changes to CPS policy on how driving offences are charged and prosecuted and also the service it offers to victims and witnesses. A summary of the responses is published today on this website.

31/08/2007

CPS statement following convictions in Ernest Norton case

Damaris Lakin, from the CPS Central Criminal Court Trials Unit, said:

31/08/2007

CPS decision following death of Faisal Al-Ani

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission that there is insufficient evidence to charge any police officers with any criminal offences in relation to the circumstances surrounding the death, whilst in police custody, of Faisal Al-Ani.

29/08/2007

CPS decides police officers should not be prosecuted over Stirland case

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission that police officers in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire forces should not be prosecuted over the way they handled the circumstances surrounding the murder of John and Joan Stirland.

24/08/2007

Prosecution of Abbi-Louise Maple and Rachel Marchant: CPS statement

Abbi-Louise Maple and Rachel Marchant appeared at Worthing Magistrates' Court on 22 August charged with outraging public decency.

02/08/2007

Chris Langham convicted of making indecent images of children

People who claim they have images of child abuse on their computers for "research" could find themselves prosecuted, warned Kent CPS senior lawyer Ken Goss after Chris Langham was found guilty today of making indecent images of children.

02/08/2007

Nottingham crime boss found guilty of corrupting police had conviction for conspiracy to murder

The Crown Prosecution Service made sure that the jury in the trial of Nottingham criminal Colin Gunn - accused of corrupting police officers for information - knew about his conviction last year for the part he played in the murder of John and Joan Stirland.

26/07/2007

Family members found guilty in "honour killing" case

The husband and mother-in-law of Surjit Kaur Athwal were today found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of her murder. The twenty seven year old mother of two children failed to return home after a trip to a wedding in India with her mother-in-law Bachan Kaur Athwal in December 1998. She has not been seen since, and her body has never been found.

26/07/2007

Four students and a schoolboy sentenced for possessing articles for terrorism

The Crown Prosecution Service has warned about collecting and possessing terrorist information which might encourage acts of terrorism following the sentencing of four students and a schoolboy who denied having extremist views.

25/07/2007

CPS decision on the death of Private Gavin Williams

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised Wiltshire Police to charge Sergeant Russell Price, Sergeant Paul Blake and Corporal John Edwards with manslaughter following the death of Private Gavin Williams on 3 July 2006.

23/07/2007

CPS round the clock service takes half a million calls

CPS Direct, the Crown Prosecution Service division set up to provide the Police with out of hours charging decisions, has now responded to over 500,000 requests for legal advice from police officers in England and Wales.

20/07/2007

CPS decision: "Cash For Honours" case

Carmen Dowd, reviewing lawyer and Head of the CPS Special Crime Division said today: "I have now completed my review of the evidence given to me by the Metropolitan Police, Specialist Crime Directorate into the so-called Cash for Honours inquiry.

18/07/2007

Cartoons protestors sentenced for soliciting murder

Four men were sentenced at the Old Bailey today after being found guilty of solicitation to murder and stirring up racial hatred arising out of protests over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

18/07/2007

CPS domestic violence figures show further rise in convictions

The Crown Prosecution Service's latest figures for domestic violence show that convictions are continuing to rise year on year and have risen by 20 per cent since 2003. Three-quarters of the cases in the Crown Courts - where the most serious cases are heard - ended in a conviction.

11/07/2007

Four 21/7 terrorists guilty of murder conspiracy

Four would-be suicide bombers have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after planning a coordinated attack designed to cause death and destruction on the London transport system.

10/07/2007

CPS receives Russian response to Lugovoy extradition request

The Crown Prosecution Service has received the formal response from the Russian authorities to its request that Andrey Lugovoy be extradited for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

06/07/2007

CPS advises first man to be charged over London & Glasgow bomb attacks

Susan Hemming, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, has advised that the first person should be charged over the London and Glasgow bomb attacks. Bilal Abdullah is the first of those held in custody to be charged with an offence arising out of the incidents.

05/07/2007

CPS helps police with evidence from abroad in first terrorism case tried outside London

A Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division Lawyer travelled with police to Holland to help them obtain evidence from the Dutch authorities for one of the first terrorism cases to come to trial outside London.

05/07/2007

CPS advises police no prosecution of Boris Berezovsky over press report

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Metropolitan Police Service that Boris Berezovsky should not be charged with any criminal offences following a recent press article which claimed he was plotting 'a new Russian revolution'.

05/07/2007

Three men admit using internet to incite terrorism in first British case

Three men who pleaded guilty to inciting murder for terrorist purposes under the Terrorism Act 2000 are the first in England and Wales to do so, said the Crown Prosecution Service.

02/07/2007

Conviction for murder of Kiyan Prince

Following a retrial, a jury at the Old Bailey today convicted a 17-year old youth for the murder of 15 year-old Kiyan Prince who was stabbed outside his school, the London Academy in Edgware, in May 2006.

29/06/2007

CPS leads initiative on Gangs, Guns and Knives

The criminal justice system must improve public confidence through greater community engagement to tackle knife and gun crime the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC, told a CPS-led conference on Gangs, Guns and Knives today.

12/06/2007

CPS secures conviction against final member of UK terrorist cell

Qaisar Shaffi, the final member of a terrorist cell which was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as one of the most dangerous terrorist cells in the UK, was today found guilty of conspiracy to murder.

11/06/2007

Men found guilty of murder in honour killing

The following statement was issued by the Crown Prosecution Service after the father, uncle and their colleagues were found guilty today at the Old Bailey of the murder of Banaz Mahmod Aga.

08/06/2007

CPS scoops Legal Trainee Scheme award for the fourth year running

The Crown Prosecution Service has received, for the fourth time, the award for "Best Recruiter and Trainer In-House and Public Sector" in the annual LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards.

29/05/2007

Elvis fans "all shook up" as CPS puts seized memorabilia up for auction

An unusual collection of Elvis memorabilia and collectables will go under the hammer on 10 June in a one-off auction. The Crown Prosecution Service hopes that the collection of thousands of items will raise a huge interest amongst Elvis fans wanting to mark the 30th anniversary of his death this summer.

22/05/2007

CPS announces decision on Alexander Litvinenko case

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, has announced that the Crown Prosecution Service has made its decision in the Alexander Litvinenko case.

04/05/2007

Former CPS Area Business Manager pleads guilty to sexual assault and possession of cocaine

The former Area Business Manager for the Crown Prosecution Service in Gloucestershire, William Hollins, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years' imprisonment after he admitted two charges of sexual assault on a teenage boy aged 16 and one charge of possessing cocaine.

30/04/2007

"Fertiliser bomb plot" one of biggest terrorism trials for Crown Prosecution Service

The year long trial of seven men accused of plotting to cause explosions with fertiliser bombs contained several notable "firsts", said Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division.

26/04/2007

Drugs boss conviction completes gang downfall

Karl Pettitt, the main ringleader of a cocaine importation gang, was sentenced to 22 years' imprisonment today at Blackfriars Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty at a hearing in London last month.

25/04/2007

CPS decision on Earls Court station death

The Crown Prosecution has decided not to prosecute anyone for any offence arising out of the tragic death of Tu Quang Hoang Vu at Earls Court Underground station in November last year. Mr Vu's family have been informed of the decision and the reviewing lawyer has arranged to meet the family to personally explain the reasons behind the decision.

20/04/2007

'Cash for Honours' statement

The Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that it has today received the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) file of evidence into the so-called 'Cash for Honours' inquiry. It will now be reviewed in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors to determine whether any individuals should be charged with any offences. These decisions will be notified to the MPS in due course and will be publicly announced after concerned parties are notified. The reviewing lawyer is Carmen Dowd, Head of CPS Special Crime Division.

13/04/2007

CPS advises no prosecution against former doctor Richard Neale

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised North Yorkshire Police that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute former doctor Richard Neale for any criminal offences following a reinvestigation into a number of allegations against him.

05/04/2007

CPS authorises police to charge three men involved in conspiracy with 7/7 bombers

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge three men with conspiracy to cause explosions with the 7 July bombers. The charge does not relate to the specific explosions which occurred on 7 July 2005 on London's transport system but to earlier planning and reconnaisance before the plot was finalised.

03/04/2007

CPS authorises Merseyside Police to charge Kiel Simpson and Jackie Simpson with offences relating to the death of Ellie Lawrenson

Colin Davies, Head of Merseyside's Organised and Complex Crime Section, today made the following statement in relation to the death of Ellie Lawrenson in St Helens on New Year's Day:

30/03/2007

Crown Prosecution Service statement: Paddington train crash

Following the £4 million fine imposed on Network Rail today for an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Chris Newell, CPS Principal Legal Advisor, said:

30/03/2007

CPS responds to Inspectors' review of its handling of British Transport Police Casework

The Crown Prosecution Service welcomes the HMCPSI report "Keeping on the Right Track", a follow up report on the 2004 Thematic Review of the CPS Handling of British Transport Police Casework. Overall the report shows that "substantial progress" has been made since the recommendations of the 2004 report.

14/03/2007

CPS decision not to prosecute Richard Tomlinson under the Official Secrets Act 1989

The Crown Prosecution Service has informed the Metropolitan Police that it has decided not to prosecute Richard Tomlinson, a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) between 1991 and 1995, for alleged offences committed under the Official Secrets Act 1989. The CPS has also decided not to prosecute alleged offences of blackmail in relation to threats to disclose information.

14/03/2007

DPP launches CPS equality and diversity expectations statement for the Bar

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, today launched a statement of expectations on equality and diversity which would apply to the Bar when members are working, or seeking to work, for the Crown Prosecution Service.

09/03/2007

Terry Adams sentenced for money laundering

Terry Adams was sentenced at the Old Bailey today after pleading guilty last month to money laundering.

02/03/2007

Ian and Angela Gay not guilty of toddler's manslaughter

The CPS today explained its decision to pursue a retrial in the case of Ian and Angela Gay, who were acquitted of the manslaughter of their foster son, three-year old Christian Blewitt, following a retrial at Nottingham Crown Court.

27/02/2007

CPS authorises police to charge four people with perjury in Lynette White case

Carmen Dowd, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, today announced perjury charges against four people who were involved in the trials of five men for the murder of Lynette White.

27/02/2007

CPS launches policy for prosecuting disability hate crime

Disabled people have the right to live free from crime or the fear of crime like the rest of us, said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, at the launch of the Crown Prosecution Service's policy on prosecuting disability hate crime.

09/02/2007

Five men charged with terrorism offences in Birmingham

Sue Hemming, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, today announced charges against five men who were arrested in Birmingham on 31 January 2007. She made the following statement at a press conference:

06/02/2007

Terry Adams pleads guilty to money laundering

Terry Adams pleaded guilty earlier today at Blackfriars Crown Court to money laundering following an extensive investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, assisted by the security services, and meticulous work to build up the case by the Crown Prosecution Service.

06/02/2007

CPS Statement: Mr Des Smith

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised the Metropolitan Police that there is insufficient evidence to charge Mr Des Smith with an offence under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. Mr Smith has been advised of this decision.

31/01/2007

CPS & ACPO respond to joint Inspectorates' report on rape

Police and prosecutors have accepted the recommendations in a joint report on the investigation and prosecution of rape cases.

17/01/2007

CPS response to Serious Case Review of Paul Smith

Lincolnshire Crown Prosecution Service has accepted the recommendations of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board which reviewed the case of Paul Smith, convicted of the murder of Rosie May Storrie, to see if any lessons needed to be learned.

16/01/2007

Sheffield drug dealers jailed for over 60 years

Five men convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin at Sheffield Crown Court last week have been sentenced to over sixty years in prison.

15/01/2007

New HR Director joins CPS

Ros McCool joins the Crown Prosecution Service today as its new Human Resources Director.

11/01/2007

Crown Prosecution Service Chief Executive appointed

Peter Lewis has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Crown Prosecution Service from 15 January. Currently the CPS Director of Business Development, Mr Lewis is the first Chief Executive to be appointed from within the Service.

11/01/2007

CPS responds to Inspectors' review of its handling of police complaints

A joint review by the Inspectorates for police and prosecutors has found the Crown Prosecution Service is sound in both decision-making and case preparation when dealing with cases involving police officers and staff.

05/01/2007

Cartoon protestor convicted for soliciting murder

Today at the Central Criminal Court Umran Javed was convicted of one offence of soliciting to murder and one offence of stirring up racial hatred in relation to a protest in February this year against the publication of cartoons in the European press.

22/12/2006

CPS authorises Suffolk Police to charge Steven Wright with the murders of five women

Michael Crimp, Senior Prosecutor for Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service, today made the following statement in relation to the murders of five women in Ipswich:

19/12/2006

CPS advises no prosecutions over deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital

The Crown Prosecution Service's Special Crime Division has advised Hampshire Police there is insufficient evidence to prosecute any person over the deaths of 10 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire.

19/12/2006

Four guilty of causing death of PC Sharon Beshenivsky

The callous murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky on November 18 last year led to one of the most challenging and complex cases ever handled by West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service.

13/12/2006

Men sentenced for shooting at Notting Hill Carnival 2004

A further three men have been sentenced at the Old Bailey today to life imprisonment for the murder of Marc Subaran at the Notting Hill Carnival on 30 August 2004.

13/12/2006

CPS seeks views on road traffic prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a public consultation on road traffic offences, seeking views on how offences are prosecuted and the service it offers to victims and witnesses.

12/12/2006

Gang found guilty of flying immigrants into UK

Valuable surveillance evidence was used to secure the convictions of a people smuggling gang who targeted small secluded airfields to fly illegal immigrants in to the UK.

07/12/2006

Driver's sentence for death by dangerous driving

A man who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after killing his friend in a high speed crash was sentenced to six and a half years in prison at Southwark Crown Court today.

06/12/2006

Dennis Nilsen - CPS decision about first victim

The Crown Prosecution Service announced its decision today that after careful consideration it has concluded that it is not in the public interest to prosecute Dennis Nilsen for the murder of Stephen Holmes, who disappeared in December 1978.

04/12/2006

CPS racist and religious crime data shows rise in prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service's Racist and Religious Incident Monitoring report for 2005-2006 shows an increase in prosecutions on the previous year for both types of offences.

01/12/2006

Convictions for internet rape plan

Three men were today convicted at London's Southwark Crown Court of a conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, based on a discussion in an internet chat room.

27/11/2006

Convictions for murder of Tom ap Rhys Pryce

Jaswant Narwal, District Crown Prosecutor at the Old Bailey Trials Unit said:

23/11/2006

Major counterfeiting gang sentenced

A major counterfeiting syndicate whose actions posed a significant threat to the integrity of the UK fiscal system were sentenced to a total of 41 and a half years behind bars today at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

23/11/2006

CPS singled out for work in campaign to end violence against women

The Crown Prosecution Service has been singled out for its work on violence against women in a report by the End Violence Against Women Campaign which placed the CPS as top in an assessment of government departments.

16/11/2006

CPS welcomes recognition of achievements of its Case Management System

A thematic review by Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has confirmed the progress made by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in moving to a common national system for managing cases. The COMPASS Case Management System (CMS) implemented by the CPS is a national strategic system and an integral element in joining up and modernising the criminal justice system.

10/11/2006

CPS prosecution for inciting racial hatred results in acquittal for Nick Griffin and Mark Collett

Nick Griffin and Mark Collett were today found not guilty at Leeds Crown Court of inciting racial hatred. The Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer in the case, Helen Allen, says it was important that the case had been put before a court.

09/11/2006

Internet blackmailer sentenced for forcing girls to pose naked

A blackmailer who preyed on young girls by invading their homes via their computers and forcing them to participate in indecent activity online was sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court today.

08/11/2006

Report highlights substantial CPS progress on equality and diversity in employment

The Crown Prosecution Service today welcomed the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) report "Equalities Driving Justice", which looks at how effectively the CPS applies its equality and diversity strategy and policies in relation to employment.

07/11/2006

Terrorist sentenced for conspiracy to murder

Following the sentence of Dhiren Barot, Patrick Stevens, Crown Prosecutor, said:

01/11/2006

CPS to work more closely with NHS over assaults on staff

The Crown Prosecution Service has committed itself to working with the National Health Service's Security Management Service (SMS) to tackle violence against NHS staff.

27/10/2006

Mother not guilty of killing baby by salt poisoning

The case of Marianne Williams, who was acquitted of killing her baby by overdosing him with salt, was always going to be a difficult one to prove, said Wiltshire Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Rob Welling.

20/10/2006

CPS statement: Roselane Driza

Following the sentencing of Roselane Driza, on one count of blackmail, at the Central Criminal Court today, David Markham, Crown Prosecution Service Advocate said:

19/10/2006

CPS responds to PAC report on the effective use of magistrates' courts hearings

The Crown Prosecution Service welcomed the Public Accounts Committee report on the CPS's effective use of magistrates' courts hearings, published today, and said work in progress had already resulted in improvements.

16/10/2006

CPS welcomes a new generation of lawyers

The Crown prosecution Service today welcomed its first group of externally recruited legal trainees at a reception in central London. Running from December 2005, the recruitment campaign generated over 2000 applications and the standard was so high that 27 places were awarded instead of the planned 25. The recruitment campaign for 2007 was also confirmed today.

06/10/2006

William Dunlop sentenced in first double jeopardy case

The first man to face a retrial under the double jeopardy rule after Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, QC, gave his consent for this case to be referred to the Court of Appeal, has today been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Julie Hogg in 1989.

04/10/2006

CPS work in Europe helps convict people smuggling ring

The Crown Prosecution Service helped obtain powerful evidence from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria to halt the reign of a Turkish people smuggling gang sentenced today at Croydon Crown Court. In this case, 47 people were known to have reached the UK, and attempts had been made to smuggle at least 400 by ringleaders Ramazan Zorlu and Riza Gun, the last members to plead guilty before trial.

03/10/2006

DPP decides no charges following death of Simon Murden

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, QC, has decided that no officers from Humberside Police should face any criminal charges over the death of Simon Murden, who was shot dead on the A63 near Hull in March, 2005.

11/09/2006

William Dunlop pleads guilty in first double jeopardy case

The first man to face a retrial under the double jeopardy rule after his case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, QC, has pleaded guilty today to the murder of Julie Hogg in 1989.

01/09/2006

CPS consults on sexual infections prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service is seeking final views on a public document to explain the way in which it deals with cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infections which cause grievous bodily harm. To date, there have been eight convictions in England and Wales under Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA), all based on the reckless transmission of HIV.

23/08/2006

Specialist rape advocates for London

The Crown Prosecution Service in London is recruiting a small team of specialist rape advocates to review and prosecute rape cases and other sexual offences as part of the work to improve the prosecution of these crimes in the capital.

21/08/2006

CPS Press Release : CPS authorises charges in alleged aircraft terror plot

This morning the CPS decided there was sufficient evidence and authorised the charge of 11 individuals.

09/08/2006

CPS used new evidence for Damilola convictions

At the end of a six week retrial, a jury at the Old Bailey today convicted Ricky and Danny Preddie, of manslaughter charges relating to the death of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor in 2000. The brothers were aged 13 and 12 at the time.

02/08/2006

Police officers acquitted following death of Michael Powell

The case against 10 police officers who were acquitted of various charges following the death of Michael Powell was always going to be a difficult one, but the Crown Prosecution Service stands by its decision to prosecute, said senior lawyer Christopher Enzor.

17/07/2006

CPS statement: Charging decision on the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes

Following the completion of the review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, Stephen O'Doherty, senior lawyer from the CPS Special Crime Division, said today:

14/07/2006

CPS statement: Murder of Samaira Nazir

Today at the Central Criminal Court, Azhar Nazir was sentenced, together with a youth who cannot be named, for the murder of his sister Samaira in Southall, west London on the 23rd of April 2005.

10/07/2006

CPS gives seven days notice in Jean Charles De Menezes case

The CPS has today given seven days notice to all relevant parties, including the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, of its intention to give the decision in this case on 17 July 2006.

05/07/2006

Lee Bowyer pleads guilty to public order offence

Lee Bowyer today admitted that he was guilty of a public order act offence over his conduct towards a team mate in an "off the ball" incident during a Newcastle United match.

04/07/2006

CPS statement: Fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today it has advised Mr Rodney's family and their legal representative, the IPCC and the Metropolitan Police that there is insufficient evidence to disclose a realistic prospect of conviction against any officer for any offence in relation to the fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney in a London street last year.

03/07/2006

CPS advises charges following horse racing probe

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the City of London Police that a number of individuals be charged with offences relating to an alleged conspiracy to fix the outcome of horse races and money laundering, for periods between December 2002 and September 2004.

29/06/2006

Stirland case: Three men guilty of conspiracy to murder

The cold-blooded murder of a couple who were hunted down and executed in a revenge killing was one of the most serious and difficult cases handled by Lincolnshire Crown Prosecution Service, said Chief Crown Prosecutor Colin Chapman.

29/06/2006

More domestic violence offenders convicted

More domestic violence offenders are being convicted and more are pleading guilty according to new CPS figures issued today. Cases which were heard in Specialist Domestic Violence Courts show an even greater improvement in conviction rates than non-specialist courts.

27/06/2006

Child specific CPS policy launched

The first public policy statement on supporting children as victims and witnesses will be launched by the Crown Prosecution Service today.

27/06/2006

CPS welcomes report on Jubilee Line case

The CPS has welcomed the report into the review of the Jubilee Line case published today by HM CPS Inspectorate. It has accepted all the recommendations which relate to itself and indeed has already put in place many of the measures recommended.

21/06/2006

CPS scoops a hat-trick for training award

The Crown Prosecution Service's Legal Trainee Scheme has been judged 'Best Recruiter & Trainer - In-house & Public Sector', for the third consecutive year.

16/06/2006

CPS determined to tackle homophobic crime

Thomas Pickford and Scott Walker were today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 28 years for the murder of Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common, South London, on 15 October 2005. They had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. It is believed that this is the first instance where a judge has been able to use motivation on the basis of sexual orientation as an aggravating factor when sentencing for murder.

15/06/2006

CPS decision on Kate Moss

Following a detailed and thorough review of all the available evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against the model Kate Moss over allegations involving drugs.

12/06/2006

CPS decides no prosecutions after re-review of evidence in Porton Down

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided after a re-review of evidence that there should be no prosecutions of scientists over allegations made about experiments carried out on human volunteers from 1939 to 1989, at Porton Down, Wiltshire.

09/06/2006

CPS advises charges over death of two firemen

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised Sussex Police to charge Martin and Nathan Winter with the manslaughter of two fire crew, who died as the result of explosions and a blaze at a firework depot in East Sussex in 2006.

01/06/2006

CPS names World Cup prosecution squad

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced its World Cup team of prosecutors. Their task is to collect evidence to ensure any English fans who cause trouble in Germany next month will receive Football Banning Orders when they return home.

18/05/2006

CPS law scholarship in honour of Anthony Walker

The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a law scholarship in memory of Anthony Walker, a young man with ambitions of becoming a lawyer, who was viciously murdered because of the colour of his skin.

16/05/2006

Appeal Court upholds Judge's decision to dismiss charges in Dhaliwal

CPS London's appeal against a Judge's decision to dismiss all charges in the case of Harcharran Dhaliwal has been turned down by the Court of Appeal today (16 May 2006).

12/05/2006

CPS publishes summary of performance in key areas of business

From today, the Crown Prosecution Service will publish a quarterly summary of performance in key areas of its business on its website.

11/05/2006

CPS charging strategy in Darley Oaks case leads to long sentences

The first ever successful use of conspiracy to blackmail charges against animal rights extremists has seen four people receive substantial sentences in the Darley Oaks farm case. Their campaign against the farm culminated in the desecration of Gladys Hammond's grave.

10/05/2006

Williams, Garner and Morson sentenced for helping Anthony Walker's murderers escape the country

Three people who helped Michael Barton and Paul Taylor flee the country in an attempt to escape justice after they murdered Anthony Walker have today been made to face justice themselves, said Colin Davies, head of CPS Merseyside's serious and organised crime unit.

27/04/2006

CPS decision on Iraq deaths case

Following a detailed and thorough review of the evidence concerning the deaths of Sergeant Steven Roberts of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and Mr Zaher Zaher, an Iraqi national, at Az Zubayr, Iraq on 24 March 2003, the Crown Prosecution Service has concluded that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction against any soldier for any offence.

26/04/2006

10 year old accused of racist abuse given formal warning

The Chief Crown Prosecutor for Greater Manchester, John Holt, has decided not to continue a prosecution against a 10 year old boy for using racist language against a fellow school pupil. The boy has now been given a formal warning about his conduct.

11/04/2006

CPS secures guilty pleas in Darley Oaks Farm blackmail case

The final defendant has pleaded guilty in the Crown Prosecution Service's case against four animal rights protesters accused of conspiracy to blackmail in a campaign to shut down Darley Oaks guinea pig farm in Staffordshire. The campaign culminated in the theft of the body of Gladys Hammond, the mother-in-law of one of the farm's owners.

07/04/2006

CPS continues to boost staff diversity

The Crown Prosecution Service continues to increase the numbers of senior female employees and Black and Minority Ethnic legal trainees, according to the CPS Annual Equalities in Employment Report 2004-2005. The report was produced by the CPS HR Information and Employee Well-being Team.

03/04/2006

First phase of Statutory Charging goes live a year ahead of schedule

The national roll out of Statutory Charging, a new scheme which should ensure that up to 30,000 additional offences are brought to justice each year, has been completed today. Devon and Cornwall is the last of the 42 criminal justice Areas in England and Wales to move to the Scheme following an ambitious and successful roll out programme.

24/03/2006

CPS sends signal to illegal employers after Morecambe Bay convictions

The Crown Prosecution Service says today's convictions of three people in connection with the drowning of 21 cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay in 2004 is a signal of intent towards employers who risk their employees' lives.

20/03/2006

CPS praises "tremendous courage" of Mary-Ann's friend

The Crown Prosecution Service says the testimony given by the victim who survived the attack that killed schoolgirl Mary-Ann Leneghan was crucial in securing justice for both of them. Six men have been convicted at Reading Crown Court in relation to the attack on the night of 6th May 2005.

15/03/2006

CPS campaign warns abusers 'it's criminal'

The Crown Prosecution Service has linked up with voluntary organisations working on behalf of victims facing abuse in a campaign to highlight the problem of violence against women and children and to warn offenders of the charges they face if they are prosecuted.

14/03/2006

CPS welcomes publication of second tranche of performance reports

Reports published today on the performance of 20 CPS areas, including CPS London, have given all except one area a fair or better assessment.

13/03/2006

CPS seeks to reassure and listen to Muslim communities

The Crown Prosection Service has started a series of events in England and Wales to explain its work and policies to Muslim communities and listen to their concerns. The first meeting was held in London, in partnership with the Mayor of London.

09/03/2006

CPS prosecutors to make World Cup debut

Crown Prosecution Service lawyers will work alongside British police in a foreign country for the first time at this summer's football World Cup in Germany. CPS prosecutors will make sure any English trouble makers will face banning orders when they return home.

22/02/2006

Court of Appeal upholds murder convictions of Whomes & Steele

The Court of Appeal today upheld the convictions of Jack Whomes and Michael Steele for the murders of three men in Rettendon, Essex, 10 years ago. The court also upheld the conviction, for drug offences, of their co-defendant, Peter Corry.

15/02/2006

CPS responds to NAO report on the effective use of magistrates' courts hearings

The Crown Prosecution Service welcomed the National Audit Office report on the CPS's effective use of magistrates courts, published today and issued the following response:

14/02/2006

DPP issues new guidance on disclosure to prosecutors

Prosecutors have been given detailed new guidance on dealing with disclosure issues concerning expert witnesses, as the result of a high-profile project chaired by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

09/02/2006

Sion Jenkins not guilty of Billie-Jo's murder

The acquittal of Sion Jenkins for the murder of his foster daughter, Billie-Jo Jenkins, has brought to an end one of the most difficult cases Sussex Crown Prosecution Service has handled.

08/02/2006

Joint CPS and Metropolitan statement - Abu Hamza

Joint statement from Sue Hemming, Head of Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service, and DAC Peter Clarke, Head of Anti-Terrorist Branch Metropolitan Police Service.

07/02/2006

Abu Hamza convicted of eleven charges

Abu Hamza was convicted at the Old Bailey today of six counts of soliciting to murder, three counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, one count of possessing threatening, abusive or insulting recordings of sound and one count of possessing a document containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

01/02/2006

Crown Prosecution Service statement regarding 'Big Brother' fur coat

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no prosecution should follow in relation to a Colobus Monkey fur coat taken into the Big Brother house by Pete Burns.

23/01/2006

CPS begins monthly publication of case outcomes

From today the Crown Prosecution Service will publish a monthly analysis of the outcomes of its prosecution cases on its website.

20/12/2005

CPS advises Metropolitan Police over allegations against senior Customs officials

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Metropolitan Police Service over allegations made against four senior Customs officials relating to Mr Justice Butterfield's review of a number of failed HM Customs and Excise cases and a related police investigation.

19/12/2005

CPS advises no prosecution following death of teenager in custody

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised Northamptonshire Police there should be no prosecution over the death of Gareth Myatt, 15, who was an inmate at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, near Rugby.

14/12/2005

Doctor cleared over patients' deaths

The trial of Dr Howard Martin, accused of murder following the deaths of three of his patients, was one of the most difficult cases considered by Durham Crown Prosecution Service, said reviewing lawyer David Chadwick.

13/12/2005

CPS welcomes publication of performance reports

Reports on the performance of 22 CPS areas show that 19 were fair or better, of which two were excellent. The areas rated excellent or good constitute 55 per cent of the total.

06/12/2005

CPS decision in Ladbroke Grove collision

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction of any individual for any offences in relation to the fatal train crash at Ladbroke Grove, London, on 5 October 1999.

02/12/2005

CPS welcomes sentencing on illegal internet trading in wildlife products

Today's sentencing at Swaffham Magistrates' Court of teenager Mark Rowland for illegally trading stuffed animals and birds on internet auction site Ebay has been welcomed by the CPS. Mr Rowland received an 8 months suspended jail sentence, 200 hours unpaid work, 225 costs and forfeiture of his stock of wildlife products.

30/11/2005

Merseyside Chief Crown Prosecutor condemns racist murder of Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker's life was taken by a callous and premeditated act of hate, said Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Merseyside.

30/11/2005

Barton & Taylor guilty of axe murder of Anthony Walker

The horrific axe murder of teenager Anthony Walker was one of the worst cases seen by the reviewing lawyer in the case, Colin Davies, head of the serious and complex crime division for Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service.

30/11/2005

CPS lawyer named Legal Personality of the Year

A director of London's Crown Prosecution Service who highlighted the scandal of honour crimes has been honoured by UK-based Asian lawyers.

22/11/2005

CPS announces decision on Abigail Witchalls case

The police investigation into the attack on Abigail Witchalls revealed evidence that would have been sufficient to commence a prosecution against Richard Cazaly for the offence, the CPS announced today.

15/11/2005

DPP launches good practice for domestic violence prosecutors

The Director of Public Prosecutions today launched a new good practice guide for crown prosecutors who deal with domestic violence cases.

11/11/2005

CPS publishes latest racist and religious crime data

The Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted 4,660 defendants for racially aggravated offences between April 1, 2004 and March 31 2005, according to a report published today. This has risen by 29 per cent over 2003 - 2004. The conviction rate for all offences charged was 84 per cent compared to 86 per cent in 2003 - 2004.

10/11/2005

DPP refers William Dunlop case to Court of Appeal as first under double jeopardy law

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, QC, has today given his consent for the case of William Dunlop to be referred to the Court of Appeal - the first under the double jeopardy law.

09/11/2005

People power champion wins award

Angela O'Connor, Human Resources Director for the Crown Prosecution Service has been named as Personnel Director of the Year at the Daily Telegraph Business Awards.

04/11/2005

Family guilty of killing teenage boy in "honour crime" trial

Members of a teenage girl's family have been found guilty of killing the boy she loved in a case described by Thames Valley Crown Prosecution Service's reviewing lawyer Shan Saunders as tragic for everyone concerned.

24/10/2005

UK hosts conference to fight human trafficking across Europe

The work of the Crown Prosecution Service and the police will be part of a Europe-wide conference on human trafficking and illegal immigration just a week after three people in Sheffield were jailed for up to 21 years for trafficking women into the sex trade.

20/10/2005

CPS decision in Henry (Harry) Stanley case

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today it has advised Surrey Police that there is insufficient evidence to charge Chief Inspector Neil Sharman and Police Constable Kevin Fagan with any offence in relation to the fatal shooting of Henry (Harry) Stanley in a London street in September 1999.

19/10/2005

CPS high tech crime specialists leading the fight against cyber crime

The challenges facing the Crown Prosecution Service's 110 strong network of high tech crime specialists will be outlined at a conference on Child Pornography on the Internet today.

17/10/2005

Release of prosecution material to the media: CPS, ACPO and media representatives agree protocol

A Protocol setting out details of prosecution material that will normally be released to the media has been agreed between the Crown Prosecution Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers and media representatives.

17/10/2005

CPS statement: Potters Bar rail crash

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has advised British Transport Police (BTP) on whether criminal charges should be brought in relation to the Potters Bar derailment in May 2002.

12/10/2005

Danielle Beccan murder: Andrews & Kelly guilty

The senseless murder of schoolgirl Danielle Beccan was a cowardly and despicable crime, said Nottinghamshire Crown Prosecution Service's Prosecution Team Leader, Martin Bramley.

12/10/2005

Technology supports bringing more criminals to justice. Benefits of CPS IT programme recognised

The COMPASS Programme at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been awarded "GREEN" status - the highest rating - in its latest review by the Office for Government Commerce (OGC) which operates a stringent multi-stage assessment process for technology investments in the public sector.

30/09/2005

Freedom of Information statistics

Figures released today by the Department for Constitutional Affairs show that the CPS continues to respond in good time to the vast majority of Freedom of Information requests.

23/09/2005

Crown Prosecution Service statement on conclusion of Andrew Rowe trial

An Old Bailey jury today convicted Andrew Rowe of two counts of possession of an article for terrorist purposes after a 12 day trial.

16/09/2005

CPS continues fight against sex trade traffickers

The latest Crown Prosecution Service case against human traffickers ended today with the sentencing of Viktoras Larcenko, the last member of a gang convicted for smuggling girls from Lithuania in 2003 and forcing them into prostitution with threats and violence. In total the gang received 51 years.

06/09/2005

CPS was right to prosecute over Hatfield train crash, says DPP

The Crown Prosecution Service was acting correctly when it brought a prosecution following the Hatfield train crash, said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC.

23/08/2005

CPS Statement on death of Philip Prout

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution against any officer from Devon and Cornwall Police following the fatal shooting of Mr Philip Prout by armed police officers in Cornwall last year.

01/08/2005

Direct Legal Advice speeds up Immigration Prosecutions

A new system which gives immigration officers direct access to round the clock legal advice from Crown Prosecution Service lawyers comes into operation today.

27/07/2005

CPS publish first full set of Homophobic Crime figures

The Crown Prosecution Service today released its first full set of figures for hate crimes committed against members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities (LGBT) in England and Wales.

23/07/2005

Freedom of Information Statistics

The CPS is pleased that is has achieved such high levels of timeliness. This is due to thorough preparation for the coming into force of the Act, focussed training and a dedicated and skilled FOI team.

21/07/2005

Crown Prosecution Service response to Judgements in Four Appeals involving Shaken Baby Syndrome Issues

Today's judgment sends a clear signal validating the approach used by the CPS in prosecuting Shaken Baby Syndrome cases. The Geddes theory will no longer be used by the defence. The CPS will continue to prosecute appropriately in order to protect infants - the most vulnerable victims in our society.

19/07/2005

Kamel Bourgass Murder Appeal Rejected : CPS Statement

The High Court today dismissed the appeal against conviction of Kamel Bourgass, for the murder of policeman DC Stephen Oake during a police raid on a flat in Manchester in January 2003. This followed the discovery of poison making material in a flat in Wood Green, London.

18/07/2005

CPS secures Historic Torture Conviction

Farayadi Sawar Zardad, 41, has been convicted in London of conspiracy to commit torture and take hostages in Afghanistan between 1991 and 1996.

13/07/2005

DPP Reports on CPS Progress and Reform in past year

The CPS has continued to make progress towards the vision of it becoming a world class prosecuting authority, Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has said in his Annual Report to the Attorney General.

28/06/2005

More domestic violence abusers convicted in CPS project

Pilot schemes providing better support to domestic violence victims and extra training to police, prosecutors and magistrates have increased convictions and reduced the number of cases which collapse because witnesses do not turn up, according to an independent report published today.

28/06/2005

CPS response to Inspectorate report on the CPS Anti-Social Behaviour Project

The Crown Prosecution Service has welcomed the findings of a CPS Inspectorate Report on the way it is tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and social impact crime.

23/06/2005

CPS convicts bogus spy

16/06/2005

CPS wins Training Award for 2nd Year

The Crown Prosecution Service's Legal Trainee Scheme has been judged 'Best Recruiter & Trainer - In-house & Public Sector', for the second consecutive year.

16/06/2005

CPS Concludes review of Roger Sylvester Case

The Crown Prosecution Service has today concluded after very careful and lengthy consideration that there is insufficient evidence to justify the prosecution of any person in relation to the tragic death of Roger Sylvester. Solicitors representing Mr Sylvester's family and those representing the police officers were informed this morning, as were Essex police who conducted the investigation.

26/05/2005

R v Holliday and others

Following the conviction of eight men at Bow St Magistrates Court today for section 5 public order offences relating to an incident at the Houses of Parliament last September the prosecutor Simon Clements, CPS Director for South London said:

25/05/2005

CPS wins at Race Equality Awards

The Crown Prosecution Service has been voted 'Best Employer In-house Legal Departments and Public Sector' at the inaugural Solicitors Race Equality Awards, by the Law Society and the Commission for Racial Equality.

06/05/2005

CPS cybercrime training pays off

The Crown Prosecution Service has struck a blow in the fight against computer crime after four men were convicted of an international multi-million pound software fraud. Sentences given today for the four software pirates totalled seven and a half years.

13/04/2005

Crown Prosecution Service statement on convictions of Kamel Bourgass

On April 8 2005, after a seven month trial, a jury at the Old Bailey found Kamel Bourgass guilty of conspiring to commit a public nuisance by the use of poisons and/or explosives to cause disruption, fear or injury.

07/04/2005

R v Kevin Williams

The Crown offered no evidence in the case of R v Kevin Williams at the Old Bailey sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice today. He was formally acquitted of the charge by the trial judge Mrs Justice Heather Hallett.

22/03/2005

CPS Statement – R v Rayment and others

Her Honour Judge Anne Goddard QC has discharged the jury in the trial of R v Rayment and others at the Old Bailey today.

18/03/2005

CPS sets new standard for witness care at Birmingham shootings trial

Crown Prosecution Service care for witnesses in this murder trial has set precedents for future cases where those giving evidence fear for their lives, said West Midlands Chief Crown Prosecutor David Blundell.

16/03/2005

CPS decides not to prosecute doctors following complaint by Rev Joanna Jepson

West Mercia Crown Prosecution Service has decided there should be no prosecution of two doctors over the abortion of a foetus with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate.

25/02/2005

Animal rights activist sentenced to 6 and a half years

The case of animal rights activist Sarah Gisborne, who was today sentenced to six and a half years in prison for conspiracy to cause £40,000 criminal damage to cars, demonstrated the close working between Cambridgeshire's Crown Prosecution Service and Police, said Chief Crown Prosecutor Richard Crowley.

25/02/2005

New units give power back to witnesses

More than a hundred specialist Witness Care Units will be set up by the Crown Prosecution Service and police by the end of the year and will transform the support provided to victims and witnesses across England and Wales.

23/02/2005

CPS prosecutor crosses the floor to become judge

The first Crown Prosecution Service lawyer to become a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court) was appointed today. Duncan Birrell, a Crown prosecutor at Lancashire CPS, was one of 25 successful candidates selected from a pool of nearly 500 lawyers from the public and private sectors who applied for the posts.

11/02/2005

More women and minority ethnic staff now work at CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service has seen marked increases in the numbers of senior female employees and the numbers of Black and Minority Ethnic legal trainees in the past year. The findings are revealed in the CPS Annual Equalities in Employment Report 2003-2004.

03/02/2005

CPS to confiscate gangmaster's illegal assets after guilty verdict

Norfolk Crown Prosecution Service will now apply to confiscate the illegal assets made by gangmaster Victor Solomka after he was convicted today of breaches of immigration law and money laundering.

01/02/2005

CPS launches revised Domestic Violence Policy

With nearly 16 million incidents of domestic violence annually in the UK, the CPS today continued its commitment to tackling domestic violence with the launch of a revised policy, guidance and training programme for prosecuting cases of domestic violence.

01/02/2005

Guidance published on use of force by householders against intruders

Guidance for householders on the force they can use to tackle intruders was published jointly today by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service. It reaffirms that householders can use reasonable force to defend themselves, their families and homes.

28/01/2005

Prison mutiny case was biggest ever handled by Lincs CPS

The end of the trial of the 26th defendant following the mutiny at Lincoln Prison brings to a conclusion the biggest ever case handled by the CPS in Lincolnshire, said Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Kerr.

21/01/2005

Michael Stone - Response to Full Judgement

The Appeal Court has today given its reasons for dismissing Michael Stone's appeal against his conviction for the murder of Lin and Megan Russell and attempted murder of Josie Russell in 1996.

19/01/2005

Michael Stone appeal dismissed

The Appeal Court has today (Wednesday 19 January) dismissed Michael Stone's appeal against his conviction for the murder of Lin and Megan Russell and the attempted murder of Josie Russell.

18/01/2005

CPS racist and religious crime data published

The number of defendants dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service for racially motivated crimes rose by 13 per cent last year according to a report published today.

13/01/2005

Homeowners and self defence - DPP issues further details of cases

Examples of cases where householders have not been prosecuted for attacking intruders have been given by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC.

12/01/2005

CPS statement: Self Defence

CPS supports today's announcement by the Home Office.

11/01/2005

CPS will use new powers against serious and organised crime says DPP

Specialist prosecutors will make full use of important new legal powers to help smash organised crime gangs, the Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald QC said today.

07/01/2005

CPS announces further prosecutions in Michael Powell case

Eight police officers are to be prosecuted for misconduct in a public office following the death in custody of Michael Powell, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

30/12/2004

CPS 'honour crimes' lawyer receives OBE

Nazir Afzal, Director, CPS London West, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for his work with the CPS and his involvement with the local community. In December 2004 he made international news heading the first CPS conference on 'honour crimes'.

30/12/2004

CPS terrorism specialist in New Year Honours

The head of the CPS branch with responsibility for conducting terrorist casework, Sue Hemming, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

20/12/2004

R v Burrell - CPS statement

The Crown offered no evidence in the case of R v Burrell at the Old Bailey today. The judge discharged the jury in the trial on 9 December and directed the prosecution to inform the court today if it would be making an application for a retrial. The prosecution has considered the matter and informed the court this morning that it will be offering no evidence in the case.

15/12/2004

CPS Advises no prosecution of Prof. Dick Van Velzen over Alder Hey

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there should be no prosecution of Prof Dick Van Velzen for criminal offences after a thorough police inquiry following the publication of the Redfern Report into the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust Hospital (Alder Hey).

13/12/2004

Project improves witness attendance at Court

Specialist witness care units improved witness attendance at court by nearly 20 percent in five criminal justice areas according to an independent evaluation report into the pilot phase of 'No Witness No Justice', a joint Crown Prosecution Service and police project.

10/12/2004

NAO report praises CPS Equality and Diversity work

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been hailed as exemplary in recognition of the public consultation of stakeholders which underpins its Public Policy Statement on Racist and Religious Crime.

09/12/2004

Homeowners and self-defence: DPP issues correction

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC, has issued the following statement in relation to an error in the article on page 1 of today's Daily Telegraph:

02/12/2004

Bieber guilty of Boxing Day murder of police officer

David Francis Bieber was not just avoiding arrest when he carried out the cold blooded and deliberate murder of PC Ian Broadhurst and the attempted murders of two other officers, said Liz Frain, the reviewing lawyer in the case for West Yorkshire Crown Prosecution Service.

16/11/2004

New Code for Crown Prosecutors sees CPS come of age in the 21st century, says DPP

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, QC, said the new Code for Crown Prosecutors released today "reflects the Crown Prosecution Service coming of age, with the confidence to take its place at the centre of the criminal justice system".

04/11/2004

CPS clarifies access to prosecution material

The Crown Prosecution Service has issued clarification on access by the media to prosecution material and has given more detail of what material can be released.

28/10/2004

Previous allegations concerning Paul Smith

CPS Lincolnshire received a file concerning an allegation of kidnap against Paul Smith in June 2002, together with an allegation of dangerous driving for a separate, unrelated, road traffic accident on the same date.

22/10/2004

CPS wins top race award

The Crown Prosecution Service has scooped a prestigious award for organisational excellence on equality and diversity, seeing off stiff competition from criminal justice partners and other parts of the public sector. The award was in particular recognition of the community consultation, which underpinned the CPS policy on prosecuting racist and religious crime. Three other CPS projects also received commendations.

10/08/2004

CPS publishes first homophobic crime data

Initial figures released today by the Crown Prosecution Service show a conviction rate of almost 71% for hate crimes committed against members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities (LGBT) in England and Wales.

30/07/2004

CPS welcomes plans to tackle animal rights extremism

The Crown Prosecution Service welcomes the new measures announced today to tackle animal rights extremism. The measures will assist the specially trained network of prosecutors across the country when dealing with these cases.

27/07/2004

CPS handles biggest ever murder case for young witnesses

Special measures to allow the biggest ever number of young witnesses - 20 under the age of 16 - to give evidence were applied for by the Crown Prosecution Service for the murder trial following the death of Luke Walmsley, said a senior CPS lawyer.

15/07/2004

DPP reports on CPS transformation

The CPS is building on recent achievements to take its proper place as a world-class prosecution service Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has said in his Annual Report to the Attorney General.

12/07/2004

DPP publishes statement of CPS independence

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC, today published a Statement of CPS Independence, which has been issued to all CPS staff.

07/07/2004

CPS decision on Firle Bonfire case

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised Sussex Police there should be no prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred or public order offences following an incident during the annual firework display and bonfire in Firle, Sussex, last October.

01/07/2004

CPS decision on article by Robert Kilroy-Silk

The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Metropolitan Police that no action be taken against Mr Robert Kilroy-Silk over an article published in the Sunday Express newspaper in January 2004.

30/06/2004

Launch of CPS rape policy statement

A new public policy statement on how rape cases are handled will be launched by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC, and the Solicitor General, The Rt Hon Harriet Harman, QC MP, at the end of the month.

28/06/2004

Charging scheme already making a significant contribution to Narrowing the Justice Gap

The first phase of a new scheme that requires Crown Prosecutors to make the charging decision in all but the most minor cases is beginning to replicate the significant benefits achieved in pilot schemes and is demonstrating the potential to bring a further 30,000 additional offences to justice each year according to the latest data from the Crown Prosecution Service.

23/06/2004

CPS beats big names for National Training Award

The Crown Prosecution Service's Legal Trainee Scheme has been judged 'Best Recruiter and Trainer - In-house and Public Sector', in a recent legal training and recruitment awards ceremony.

11/06/2004

Head of CPS Gloucestershire awarded OBE

Roger Coe-Salazar, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Gloucestershire, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

11/06/2004

CPS Soham lawyer In Queen's Birthday Honours

11/06/2004

CPS Lincolnshire's head in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Alison Kerr the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Lincolnshire has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

27/05/2004

Request by United States for extradition of Abu Hamza

Abu Hamza appeared this afternoon before Senior District Judge Workman of Bow St Magistrates' Court, sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, in connection with a request from the United States of America for his extradition.

19/05/2004

Inspectors praise CPS improved response to racist crime

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald QC, has welcomed a report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate which finds that the CPS has made real progress in the past two years in its handling of cases arising from racist incidents.

10/05/2004

New CPS website prioritises accessibility

The Crown Prosecution Service's redesigned public website www.cps.gov.uk now makes it possible for an estimated five million more people to learn about the CPS and its work.

10/05/2004

Maxine Carr pleads guilty to deception

Maxine Carr has today admitted 20 counts of deception and obtaining pecuniary advantage between 1996 and 2002.

05/05/2004

CPS advise on Stephen Lawrence re-investigation

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised officers from the Metropolitan Police Service that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone for the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the attack on Duwayne Brooks following a re-investigation into the crime.

01/05/2004

New sex laws reflect modern society says DPP

Protection of the young and vulnerable and tougher penalties for dangerous criminals are the aims of the new Sexual Offences Act, which comes into force today.

29/04/2004

Groundbreaking sentence increase for human trafficker

Today the Court of Appeal more than doubled the sentence - from 10 to 23 years - against Luan Plakici, convicted last December of organising a human trafficking ring which forced women into prostitution, following an appeal by the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC. It was the first time the Court of Appeal had to consider a case involving the trafficking of women.

29/04/2004

Extended role for CPS caseworkers

Designated caseworkers at the Crown Prosecution Service will be dealing with a wider range of cases at magistrates’ courts after the Director of Public Prosecutions extended the remit of their work this week.

27/04/2004

Reporter has prison photos case dismissed

The case against News of the World reporter David Martin McGee was dismissed today by District Judge Terry English after legal argument at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court. Mr McGee was accused of taking a camera into Woodhill Prison and taking the camera and pictures of Ian Huntley – later convicted of the Soham murders – out of prison.

22/04/2004

Specialist prosecutors will spearhead community fight against anti-social behaviour

A new team of specialist prosecutors to crack down on anti-social behaviour was launched today by the Home Secretary, Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions.

06/04/2004

CPS racist and religious crime data published

The number of defendants dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service for racially motivated crimes rose by 12.4 per cent last year according to a report published today. The report also includes figures for religiously aggravated crimes for the first time.

26/03/2004

Maxine Carr indictment

The following indictment has been lodged with Peterborough Magistrate Court in respect of Maxine Ann Carr.

22/03/2004

Specialist Domestic Violence Courts point the way ahead

Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVCs) provide better support for victims and more effective, streamlined ways of dealing with domestic violence, according to an independent report published today.

18/03/2004

Review of the Code for Crown Prosecutors

Changes in the law have prompted a review of the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which is issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions and gives the general principles to be applied when making decisions about prosecutions.

11/03/2004

CPS to prosecute Maxine Carr for deception

The Crown Prosecution Service has today decided to prosecute Maxine Carr on 12 counts of deception and obtaining pecuniary advantage between 1996 and 2002.

02/03/2004

Statement on CPS change of name

Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today clarified the position about a possible name change for The Crown Prosecution Service. He said:

26/02/2004

Statement on R v Katharine Gun

Senior Treasury Counsel prosecuting this case gave advice, with which the Director of Public Prosecutions fully concurred, that there was no longer a realistic prospect of convicting Katharine Gun.

19/02/2004

CPS celebrate innovation in equality and diversity

Innovative ideas to promote equality and diversity within The Crown Prosecution Service have been celebrated at an awards ceremony held in Liverpool today.

04/02/2004

Victims and witnesses benefit from £27 million award

As part of the Government's ongoing programme to transform the experiences of victims and witnesses of crime and to reduce the number of trials that collapse, a new scheme was given the go ahead today following a £27m award from the Government's Invest to Save initiative.

07/01/2004

Humberside's most prolific paedophile jailed for 18 years

A children's facepainter from Bridlington was sentenced at Hull Crown Court today to 18 years in prison. Glyn Martin, 53, pleaded guilty on January 4 to 57 counts of indecency with a child, abducting children, administering a noxious substance, indecent assault and taking indecent photographs of children.