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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.

To ensure greater openness in the reporting of criminal proceedings, the CPS, the police and media representatives developed a joint protocol for working together.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others. You can also find additional details about a number of high-profile cases and the work of the CPS.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 78 results for area "Wessex"

Army officer who sent explicit images to women is sentenced

An army officer who used fake social media accounts to send explicit images to women serving on a military base in Aldershot has been sentenced.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Cyber / online crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases January/February 2024

In January and February 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

Vet jailed for brutal murder of mother-of-two

A veterinarian who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in a savage attack has been sentenced.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Fraudster who pretended to be the Queen’s footman sentenced for eBay scam

A fraudster who tricked eBay users into bidding for a walking stick purporting to belong to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been sentenced.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Wessex News

Two teenagers jailed for murder of 18-year-old

Two teenage boys who murdered a man in an unprovoked machete attack near a Swindon play park have been jailed.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Rapist who targeted teenage girls jailed for non-recent sex offences

A rapist who preyed on young girls in the 1980s has finally been brought to justice.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Man who brutally stabbed young father to death convicted of murder

A violent man has been convicted of murder after brutally stabbing another man to death just yards away from his father.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases November 2023

In November 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

Man who sexually targeted woman with dementia jailed

A man who sexually assaulted a 93-year-old woman with dementia while employed to deliver hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people has been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Attacker who assaulted lone women in random attacks convicted

An attacker who targeted lone women in a string of terrifying, random assaults in Basingstoke has been convicted.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

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Please note that our Press Office is not able to deal with issues or queries from members of the public - these contact details are for accredited journalists ONLY. Do not call this number unless you a member of the press. For all general enquiries, please call the General Enquiries line: 020 3357 0899 or 020 3357 0000 (09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday) or visit

If you are a national or international journalist with a media enquiry, you can contact the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email (9am-5pm weekdays only).

For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 3357 0906 to reach the duty press officer.

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Contacts: Local media

Richard Paull
Telephone: 02920 803950

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Graham Buchanan
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027

London (North and South)
Diana Wong and Molly Barker
Telephone: 020 3357 0858

Jackie Rand
Telephone: 0151 239 6334

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Chris Black
Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Kerry Bell
Telephone: 0161 827 4705

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Telephone: 01189 513625

Wendy Wyeth
Telephone: 02380 673873

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

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

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