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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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Showing 1 - 10 of 71 results for area "Wessex"

Deliveroo driver who bit off customer’s thumb sentenced

A Deliveroo driver who bit off customer's thumb during an altercation over pizza has been sentenced today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man jailed for manslaughter 17 years after attacking boss

A man has been jailed more than 17 years after attacking his boss and causing a catastrophic brain injury which eventually resulted in his death.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Couple convicted after lodger murdered and body scattered across town

A man who murdered his lodger before dismembering and scattering his body around Bournemouth has been convicted – following a successful prosecution by the Crown Prosecution Service.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Security guard who impersonated a police officer to stop woman convicted

A man who pretended to be law enforcement to force a woman to pull over on an isolated country lane has been found guilty of impersonating a police officer.

| Press Release , Wessex News

Former city councillor sentenced for harassment

A former Salisbury City Councillor who repeatedly harassed his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced.

| Press Release , Wessex News

Man jailed for Bournemouth beach rape

A man who raped a teenager in the sea at Bournemouth beach on 18 July 2021 has been jailed for six years and six months.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Stalking Cases April 2024

During National Stalking Awareness Week, we are raising awareness of stalking behaviours and the work we are doing to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

| Press Release , Wessex News

GP who sexually assaulted his patients during routine appointments is jailed

A GP who sexually assaulted his patients, including a woman with terminal cancer, has been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases April 2024

In April 2024, prosecutors from CPS Wessex secured successful outcomes in a variety of hate crime cases across the magistrates’ and Crown Courts in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Wiltshire.

| Press Release , Hate crime , Wessex News

Man posing as a taxi driver jailed for raping woman decade after near identical case

A man posing as a taxi driver who lured a lone woman into his car before raping her has been jailed – over a decade after committing a near-identical crime.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

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