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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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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.

"On the evening of the 29th of September last year, John Hemming and his young daughter were at the family home of Emily Cox when Christine Hemming entered the house without permission and stole a four-month old kitten. CCTV cameras, which were installed on the house, captured the moment when Mrs Hemming approached the house, entered the house and finally left the house with the kitten under her arm.

"We are still unsure what the motive was behind this burglary, but whatever it was, a crime was committed and today Mrs Hemming has been found guilty of that crime."