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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 85 results for area "Wessex"

Millwall fan receives football banning order for homophobic slurs towards Bournemouth fans

A so-called football fan has been banned from football matches and fined for homophobic abuse of Bournemouth fans.

| Press Release , Wessex News

Millwall fan receives football banning order for homophobic slurs towards Bournemouth fans

A so-called football fan has been banned from football matches and fined for homophobic abuse of Bournemouth fans.

| Press Release , CPS, Wessex News

CPS Wessex: National Stalking Awareness Week and Successful Stalking Prosecutions

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.

| News Item , Wessex News

Three imprisoned in one of Britain’s largest dark web drugs cases

Three criminals who used the dark web to distribute counterfeit drugs have been jailed today (31 March 2023) in one of the biggest operations of its kind. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Wessex News

Metropolitan police officer jailed for having extreme image on his mobile phone

A police officer with the Metropolitan Police has been sentenced today (17 March 2023) at Portsmouth Crown Court after an extreme pornographic image was found on his phone.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , Wessex News

Christchurch man jailed for harassing woman with messages and videos on social media

A man from Christchurch was sent to prison yesterday (15 March 2023) at Southampton Magistrates’ Court after he admitted harassing a woman by sending her over a hundred messages and videos via Facebook Messenger.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , Wessex News

Three men jailed for the murder of Frantisek Olah

Three men have been jailed today (24 February 2023) at Winchester Crown Court for the murder of 30-year-old Frantisek Olah.

Je’Daine Carty, 18, Ismaila Kamarra-Jarra, 19 and Cohan Daley, 18, were found guilty of murder after a trial lasting 10 weeks.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Lorry driver distracted by social media video jailed for causing the death of three people in A303 collision

The driver of a heavy goods vehicle has been jailed today (24 February 2023) at Winchester Crown Court after he caused a collision on the A303 that tragically killed three people.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

'Manipulative' Havant woman jailed for murdering boyfriend

A manipulative woman obsessed with serial killers has been jailed for life for stabbing her on-off boyfriend to death in her bedroom.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in January 2023

In January 2023, 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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