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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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Two charged in relation to death of Constable Dave Phillips


Helen Graves, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said : "I have today authorised Merseyside Police to charge 18-year-old Clayton Ronald Williams of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey with murder.

"The charge follows the death of on-duty police officer Constable Dave Phillips. PC Phillips was knocked down and killed as he tried to stop a stolen truck that is thought to have been taken in a burglary at an estate agents in Birkenhead in the early hours of Monday, 5 October 2015.

"I have also authorised them to charge Mr Williams with the attempted grievous bodily harm of PC Tom Birkett, who was also at the scene at the time.

"In addition I have authorised charges against Mr Williams and another male 30-year-old Philip Stuart of Mayfair Court, Oxton with burglary and Aggravated taking of a vehicle.

"The men will appear before Wirral Magistrates in the morning, Thursday 8 October 2015.

"Criminal proceedings against the two men will now begin and they have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."


Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2014 we employed a workforce of approximately 6237 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2226 prosecutors and 3629 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.