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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 hate crime and violence against women and girls, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Being a victim of crime can be deeply traumatic, and for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system the process can feel overwhelming, unfamiliar, and incredibly challenging.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 77 results for area "Wessex"

Head Golf Professional guilty of stealing more than £100,000 from Winchester Golf Club

The Head Golf Professional at the Royal Winchester Golf Club has been found guilty of fraud after he under-reported the value of green fees paid by visitors to the club over a five-year period.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Wessex News

Man jailed for dangerous driving and injuring police officer

A 40-year-old man from Eynsham, Oxfordshire, has been jailed after he was caught driving on the wrong side of the A419 dual carriageway and for injuring a police officer who he dragged along the road when he tried to escape.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Southampton man jailed for violently attacking girlfriend and leaving her with life-threatening injuries

A Southampton martial arts practitioner has been jailed for attacking his girlfriend so violently that she was left with life-threatening injuries.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , Wessex News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Alton man guilty of killing woman to fund his drug habit

Sentence update: Matthew Reynolds was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday 10 June at Winchester Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 14 years in prison.

Originally published on 6 May 2022

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in May 2022

Pride Month

In June, we are joining with our CPS colleagues, criminal justice partners and local communities to celebrate Pride month.

| Article , Hate crime , Wessex News

Gamekeeper found with nine dead wild birds and a loaded shotgun has been sentenced

A gamekeeper has been sentenced after he was found in possession of dead buzzards, red kites and a herring gull.

| Press Release , Wessex News

Isle of Wight man sentenced for child sex offences

A man from the Isle of Wight was sentenced today (31 May 2022) at Winchester Crown Court for a number of child sex offences involving victims as young as 12 years old.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Fareham rapist jailed for nine years

A Fareham man was sentenced today (25 May 2022) at Portsmouth Crown Court for raping a woman he did not know on the footbridge above Western Way.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Man sentenced for threatening security guard with a Taser

A 32-year-old man has been jailed today (11 May 2022) for five years at Portsmouth Crown Court for attempting to shoplift alcohol and threatening a security guard with a Taser outside Asda in Waterlooville.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in April 2022

During the month of April, 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

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