Senior prosecutor takes up new appointment in the area


Peter Tooke has been appointed as the Senior Sector Crown Prosecutor in charge of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) operations for Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin.

Mr Tooke has previously worked as a prosecutor locally and is returning after working for 14 months with the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit in Birmingham.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: "I am genuinely delighted to be taking up this position and I am looking forward to working not only with my CPS colleagues, but with our partners in the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies as well as the local community groups in the area.

 "I'm coming back to work here at a time of significant spending restraints, but I am determined that the CPS will continue to deliver the best possible service to the people we serve.  I have reminded our staff that put simply, our job is to help keep the people of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire safe, and deliver justice to them.

 "As part of this job, we support victims and witnesses. This is an awesome responsibility but one which our staff should all feel proud of.  We need to measure all that we do against the potential benefits for that simple job description.  We will work to ensure that we give the people we look after the best treatment at all times. This will include finding new, innovative and more efficient ways of working."

 Mr Tooke replaces Colin Chapman, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, who left the service last month.

 Biographical notes

Peter Tooke qualified as a solicitor in 1978 after studying law at Oxford University and serving articles with a firm of criminal practitioners in Oxford. On qualifying, he started working as a prosecutor for the Metropolitan Police Solicitors Department in London, moving in 1980 to work for the Thames Valley Police Solicitors Department in Reading and Abingdon. He transferred to the CPS on its creation in 1986 and continued to work for the CPS Thames Valley Area until he was made a Special Casework Lawyer in 1990. He then moved to take up that post in the CPS West Mercia Area, based in Droitwich.  From 1996 to 1998, he was a Branch Crown Prosecutor for Gloucestershire before returning to Droitwich as the West Mercia Branch Crown Prosecutor, and later reverting to his role as Special Casework Lawyer, in which he has gained a wide experience in serious, complex and sensitive cases. He worked for 14 months with the West Midlands Complex Casework Unit in Birmingham before taking up his current post for the Southern Sector [covering the West Mercia Police Area] of what is now the West Midlands CPS Area, on 1 July 2011.  Peter is 57, married and has lived locally for over 20 years.