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CPS charging decision: Naomi Campbell


The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Naomi Campbell with six offences in relation to incidents that occurred on a stationary aircraft and within Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, London, on 3 April 2008.

Ms Campbell has today been charged with three offences of assaulting a constable, one offence of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and two offences of using threatening, abusive words or behaviour to cabin crew. These are summary offences which can only be tried at a magistrates' court.

She will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 20 June 2008.

  1. The CPS received a file on this case on 14 May 2008.
  2. Assaulting a constable is an offence Contrary to section 89(1) of the Police Act 1996. It carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding £5000.
  3. Using threatening, abusive words or behaviour to cabin crew is an offence contrary to Articles 78(a) and 148(5) of, and Part A of the schedule 14 of the Air Navigation Order 2005 made under Sections 60 and 61 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. It carries a fine not exceeding £2500.
  4. Using insulting, abusive, threatening behaviour or disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress is an offence contrary to Section 5, Public Order Act 1986. It carries a maximum sentence of a fine not exceeding £1000.
  5. The offences of assaulting a constable relate to three incidents and two police officers.
  6. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8102 or 020 7796 8127.
  7. The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution;
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute;
    • Preparing cases for court;
    • Presentation of cases at court;

    The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 83.7% in 2006-2007.

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