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Criminal cases prosecuted by the CPS are in the news every day, along with a range of issues relating to our work – from violence against women and girls and hate crime, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Four men imprisoned for the supply of illegal drugs

Four members of an organised crime group and a criminal associate have been imprisoned/sentenced today (Thursday 7 December 2023)  for their roles in the importation and distribution of huge quantities of cocaine and cannabis, at Stafford Crown Court.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

National Police Chiefs’ Council, Crown Prosecution Service and College of Policing commit to transforming investigation and prosecution of domestic abuse

Police chiefs, the College of Policing and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are today announcing a joint commitment to transforming how they investigate, handle and prosecute domestic abuse to ensure victims are better supported, timeliness is improved, and more offenders are brought to justice. 

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , CPS News

Rapist who targeted sleeping passenger on London Underground service jailed for 14 years

A dangerous predator who raped a sleeping passenger on a London Underground service has been jailed for 14 years. 

Ryan Johnston, 37, launched his attack after targeting the woman who was returning home from an evening out with friends in February 2020.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Man who posed as model agency scout to blackmail children into sending him indecent images jailed

A man who blackmailed children into sending him indecent images of themselves over social media has today been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

First ever CPS deferred prosecution agreement for £615 million

The Crown Prosecution Service has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) today (Tuesday 5 December 2023) with Entain plc, a global online sports betting and gaming business (owner of Ladbrokes and Coral bookmakers) headquartered in London, to settle the HM Revenue & Customs inves

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Three money laundering cash couriers guilty of transporting £104m in criminal cash out of the UK

Three money laundering cash couriers were found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court, for their part in arranging the transportation of illegally obtained cash out of the United Kingdom. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Shropshire man jailed for £1.9 m cheque fraud after plea agreement

A former Shropshire hotel manager has been jailed for five years after defrauding almost £2 million from businesses using invalid cheques.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Four men found guilty of killing 17-year-old Trust Gangata.

A group of four men have been convicted for killing 17-year-old Trust Gangata in a tragic case of mistaken identity.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Haulage boss jailed seven years for his role in people-smuggling network linked to Essex lorry deaths

A haulage boss has been jailed today for his involvement in a people-smuggling network linked to the tragic deaths of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children in Essex.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Oxbridge fraudster gets another eight-years in jail for failing to pay back £2.7m court order

One of the five Oxbridge-educated fraudsters who lured wealthy individuals to invest in fake “green” projects is sentenced to an additional term of imprisonment for non-payment of his £2.7m Confiscation Order.

| Press Release , Proceeds of crime, Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

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