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Showing 1 - 10 of 79 results for area "Wessex"

Man who sexually abused two young children jailed

Danny Richards, 59, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, previously pleaded guilty to 10 offences, including the rape of a child under the age of 13 and assault by penetration of a child.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Former prison officer admits relationship with prisoner and wilfully neglecting her duties

A former prison officer at HMP Guys Marsh has admitted having a relationship with a prisoner, which led her to break the law and wilfully neglect her duties over a period of four months.

| Press Release , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in August and September 2022

During August and September this year, 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.


Isle of Wight man jailed for hitting wife with a meat cleaver

A man from the Isle of Wight has been jailed after he hit his wife over the head with a meat cleaver on Christmas Eve last year, causing her a serious head injury.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Domestic abuse , Wessex News

Southampton man guilty of attempting to murder woman in the New Forest

A 27-year-old-man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a woman after he seriously assaulted her and tried to drown her in boggy water by the side of Rollestone Road, Beaulieu.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in July 2022

During the month of July, 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

Updated with Sentence: Head Golf Professional guilty of stealing more than £100,000 from Winchester Golf Club

Originally published 23/6/2022


Steven Hunter was sentenced today (28 July 2022) at Salisbury Crown Court. 

He was jailed for five years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Wessex News

CPS Wessex: Successful Hate Crime Cases in June 2022

With Pride Month only just reaching its conclusion, we have decided to focus our monthly summary of hate crime prosecutions in June on cases which involved victims being targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

| Press Release , Hate 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

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