East of England
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority in England and Wales. In our daily operations we work in partnership with all agencies in the criminal justice system. We work especially closely with the police, although we are independent of them.
The CPS has 14 Areas across England and Wales. CPS East of England consists of the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Frank Ferguson is the head of CPS East of England and he is supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Robin Weyell, who has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units and Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Hannah von Dadelszen, who has responsibility for the Magistrates' Court and Complex Casework Units. Susan Stovell is the Area Business Manager who has responsibility for Business and Operational Delivery functions across the region..
We currently employ 290 members of staff which consists of lawyers, paralegals and administrators. The majority of our staff are based in our headquarters in Chelmsford; we also have staff based in Norwich at Carmelite House and in Ipswich at the Crown Court.
The Area is supported by a Business Centre which houses a team of specialists in the fields of performance, finance, human resources, communications and inclusion.
Frank Ferguson, Chief Crown Prosecutor
Frank Ferguson took up the role of Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England in May 2021.
Frank, a barrister, joined the CPS in 1992 as a legal trainee in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Area. He then became a Higher Courts Advocate and Unit Head in Norwich, before moving to CPS Direct between 2004 and 2006 as a legal manager.
He was Chief Crown Prosecutor in Cambridgeshire from 2010 and subsequently became the single Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England.
Prior to rejoining CPS East of England, Frank was Deputy Head in the Specialist Fraud Division with responsibility for London, before moving to the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division as Head of Special Crime, then to CPS South East as Chief Crown Prosecutor.
Frank has led national projects, such as the implementation of the Speaking to Witnesses at Court Guidance and is the national lead for organised immigration crime. He represents the UK at the recently formed Council of Europe Network of Prosecutors on Migrant Smuggling.
Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors: Hannah von Dadelszen and Robin Weyell
DCCP Hannah von Dadelszen has responsibility for the Magistrates' Court and Complex Casework Units and DCCP Robin Weyell has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units.
Hannah von Dadelszen is dual qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Hannah started her career at one of New Zealand’s top commercial law firms before moving to the UK in 2002.
Before joining CPS in January 2021 Hannah worked for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for 14 years, latterly in a variety of senior roles including Joint Head of Fraud and Head of the Strategy and Policy division. During her time at the SFO Hannah dealt with the full range of complex cases ranging from the libor prosecutions, the Barclays prosecution and the Rolls Royce and Serco deferred prosecution agreements. She has appeared before the House of Lords select committee to give evidence on the effectiveness of the Bribery Act 2010.
Prior to joining the East of England Area, Hannah was a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS Headquarters.
Hannah has responsibility for the Magistrates' Court Units and the Complex Casework Unit.
Robin Weyell has been a lawyer within government for over 20 years working primarily in investigatory and covert law within the fields of counter narcotics, organised crime and police complaints/corruption.
Prior to joining the CPS in 2019, he was the first legal adviser to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and helped establish the oversight and approvals regime created by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. He currently has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units.
Area Business Manager: Susan Stovell
Susan joined the CPS in 1986 and worked across a range of roles including finance, personnel and accommodation within the London North Area. In 1992 Susan moved to the HQ Directorate in CPS Headquarters working within specialist fields including pay strategy and negotiations, appraisal, policy and operations.
In 2003, Susan joined the East of England Area and is now the Area Business Manager with responsibilities for both strategic and operational performance.
Our Magistrates’ Court Unit prosecutes offences of domestic violence, assaults, criminal damage, minor public disorder incidents, some traffic offences, possession of drugs, dangerous dog offences, offences of dishonesty and commercial burglaries.
The list is not exhaustive but generally comprises of any offence where the maximum permitted sentence for each offence does not exceed six months imprisonment or one year if two or more relevant offences are to be considered.
The Crown Court Unit deals with cases such as murder, robbery, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious road traffic offences - especially those that result in a fatality.
The Complex Casework Unit (CCU) is responsible for the largest and most complex cases in the Area. Its casework typically arises from serious and organised crime which is often cross border, particularly drugs importation and distribution, money laundering and modern slavery. The CCU also undertakes large scale child abuse cases, complex homicide and fraud.
The Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit is a dedicated and specialised team which prosecutes cases such as rape, serious sexual offences, child abuse and child sexual exploitation. The staff on the unit all have a great deal of understanding of the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this nature and how difficult and harrowing it can be for a complainant from the first step of making a complaint to the police, through to giving evidence in a trial.