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Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

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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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Charging Announcement: Death of Arkadiusz Jozwik in Harlow

01/12/2016

Paul Scothern, Crown Advocate in the Complex Casework Unit for CPS East of England said:

"We have today advised Essex Police to charge a 15-year-old youth from Harlow with the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jozwik, aged 39. This is following an incident at The Stow, Harlow, on 27 August 2016.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"The youth will appear at Chelmsford Youth Court on 6 January 2017.

"Following early investigative advice from the reviewing lawyer, the police decided to take no further action in relation to five other youths who were at the scene.

"May I remind all concerned that this youth has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further." 

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