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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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Max Hill KC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 28 September 2023

I am delighted to be here today to share my reflections on the prosecution of terrorism over the last 20 years. Throughout this time, RUSI have been at the forefront of research and critical thinking in this space, challenging and supporting the UK’s policy response to terrorism. I can think of no better audience to share my experiences.

| Speech , CPS News

Man who blackmailed children into sending him indecent images jailed

A man who pretended to be a teenage girl on social media to blackmail young boys into sending him nude images has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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

Former solicitor jailed for defrauding clients of almost £2m

A former solicitor who defrauded clients at his firm of almost £2 million has been jailed.

Hugh Lansdell, 74, was today (22 September 2023) sentenced to four years imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court for committing fraud by abuse of position over almost a two-year period.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Updated with sentence: PC and former officer jailed for misconduct in public office

A police constable and an ex-officer who formed inappropriate relationships and engaged in sexual activity with vulnerable women they met while on duty have been jailed. 

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS authorises charges against five people suspected of spying for Russia

Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has authorised a charge of conspiracy to conduct espionage against three men and two women suspected of spying for Russia.

| Press Release , CPS News

Child sexual abuse victims urged to contact panel

“I contacted the panel and got a response really quickly. It was such a relief to feel that someone was listening and taking my enquiry seriously.”

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS authorises murder charge against police officer following death of Chris Kaba

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following a thorough review of the evidence provided by the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct), the CPS has authorised a charge of murder against a Metropolitan Police officer following the death of Chris Kaba. 

| Press Release , CPS News

Sara Sharif death – CPS authorises murder charge against father

The CPS has authorised Surrey Police to charge Urfan Sharif with the murder of his 10-year-old daughter Sara.

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

Man pleads guilty to blackmailing children into sending him indecent images over social media

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

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

CPS authorises manslaughter charges following death of Jack Barnes

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge four men following the death of Jack Barnes in 2016.

“Mr Barnes died on 2 December 2016 following an incident in Manchester city centre on 11 October 2016.

| Press Release , CPS News

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Telephone: 02920 803950

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Graham Buchanan
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027

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Telephone: 0151 239 6334

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Telephone: 0191 260 4216

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Telephone: 0161 827 4705

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Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

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Gary Cockram
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

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Angie Patton
Telephone: 01189 513625

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Telephone: 02380 673873

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Telephone: 0203 357 0625

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186

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