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Lynette Woodrow being interviewed by Cathy Newman on FGM

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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Former police officer jailed for National Action membership

A former probationary police officer has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to a total of four years and four months in prison after he was exposed as a secret member of a neo-Nazi group.

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

Two police officers charged with misconduct in connection with investigation into death of sisters in Wembley

Two police officers have been charged with misconduct in public office in connection with photographs taken and circulated in relation to a murder crime scene.

| Press Release , CPS, London South News

DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 24 April 2021

I’m always grateful to be given the opportunity to address you, and after the last year – the likes of which we have never experienced before – I am particularly pleased to be able to come to thank you for all you have done, and to look ahead together.

| Speech , CPS News

Cheshire couple jailed for sexual abuse that Judge says 'ruined victims' lives'

A couple have been jailed for sexually abusing three young girls after a judge at Chester Crown Court said they had ruined their victims’ lives.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Accountant given 11 years' imprisonment for £1.3 million fraud

An accountant who defrauded the NHS, companies, and individuals out of more than £1.3 million has been jailed recently (15 April 2021) for multiple counts of fraud and theft.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Carer sentenced for threatening and taunting a dementia sufferer

A 24-year-old woman has been sentenced for ill-treating an 84-year-old resident at the Wirral care home where she worked.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Police officer guilty of membership of banned group and terrorism offences

A probationary police officer has been convicted of being a member of a banned far-right organisation and possessing documents that could have been of use to a terrorist.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Sexual offences , CPS News

London-wide launch of operation to convict those who assault NHS staff

Operation Cavell aims to increase convictions and protect NHS staff on the frontline.

| Press Release , CPS, London North, London South News

CPS launches ambitious plan to combat economic crime

The first ever CPS Economic Crime strategy sets out an ambitious plan to combat these offences which are estimated to cost billions each year.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Serving and former police officers charged with misconduct in public office

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the CPS has authorised charges against one serving and one former West Midlands Police officer for misconduct in public office.

| Press Release , CPS News

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We will aim to be fair and accurate in all the information we publish. We will aim to correct any inaccuracies as soon as possible.

We are unable to monitor Twitter round the clock. We are not able to engage with all those who seek a response from us due to resources but also due to privacy and the sensitive nature of some of our work. The best way to contact the CPS is through our website.

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