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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 hate crime and violence against women and girls, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Met firearms officers charged after shooting in London

Two officers from the Metropolitan Police have today (29 October) been charged following a non-fatal shooting in south London in 2018. The incident occurred at around 08.10 on 3 December along Haydons Road in south Wimbledon.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS decision following a recent allegation of a sexual assault outside England and Wales

Jenny Hopkins, the head of the CPS’ Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Sexual offences can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims, and the CPS will always prosecute cases where our legal test is met.

| Press Release , CPS News

September's coronavirus review findings

The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in September under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations are detailed in the table below.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS Says: The CPS is working hard to improve prosecution rates across the country

A recent article on The Guardian titled ‘Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows’ has raised concerns about falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases in London, despite a rise in reports.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

Mugging gang jailed over terrifying late-night robbery spree

A gang of muggers have been jailed after carrying out a night-time campaign of violent robberies on lone victims.

| Press Release , CPS, North West News

Absconded fraudster ordered to pay £37 million

A high-net-worth fraudster who skipped his trial and fled to Dubai has been ordered (26 October 2020) to pay over £37 million - and faces ten years in prison if he fails to pay.

| Press Release , Proceeds of crime , CPS News

Impact of coronavirus revealed in latest CPS performance data

Prosecution data for the first quarter of 2020/21 – covering the coronavirus lockdown period – has today been published.

| Press Release , CPS News

Man jailed for life for cold-blooded hammer killing in Plymouth

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Adrian Cieslik in Plymouth.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, South West News

Burglar guilty of murdering 88-year-old in his home

A burglar has been found guilty of murdering an 88-year-old man in his home at the height of lockdown.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, South East News

CPS says: Rape is not 'the perfect crime'

A recent feature on Sky News described rape as ‘the perfect crime’ (99 per cent of rapes reported to Police do not result in legal proceedings – October 15 2020). The CPS is very concerned about the impact this harmful claim could have on victims coming forward. To be clear, of the thousands of people who go through the justice system every year, many are convicted of rape and serious sexual offences.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

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Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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