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Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for the rape and murder of Megan Newton

A man who raped and fatally stabbed a good Samaritan who had offered him a place to sleep has been jailed for life.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Football fan who made monkey gestures at black player convicted of hate crime

A football fan who made monkey gestures towards a black football player after he had scored a goal has been convicted of a hate crime.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Birmingham man jailed for trying to force niece into marriage

A Birmingham man who tried to force his niece into an arranged marriage and threatened her with a gun when she refused has been jailed for seven years.

| Press Release , CPS, West Midlands News

Former parliamentary candidate given suspended sentence for child sexual abuse photos

A former parliamentary candidate has been given a suspended jail sentence for downloading images which showed children being sexually abused.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Man jailed for attempted kidnap and sexual assault of child

A Staffordshire man, who sexually assaulted and attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl playing by a rope swing, has been jailed for eight years with a four-year extended licence.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

CPS statement on the sentencing of Farirai Shereni

Farirai Shereni, 26, was given a sentence of 13 years' imprisonment today (Friday 17 January) after being convicted of raping a woman while she was on her way to work in Birmingham city centre.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

UPDATE: Community order for man who stole over 10,000 records from Royal Stoke Hospital

A former Royal Stoke Hospital employee, who used the hospital’s computer system to download over 10,000 confidential information including patient and employee records, has been given a 12-month community order.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Religious leaders convicted of multiple counts of rape and child sexual abuse

A church pastor has been convicted today (14 January 2020) of multiple (24) counts of child sexual abuse and rapes. Michael Oluronbi, age 60, was the faith leader of a religious group - Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Birmingham - when he committed these vile crimes.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Teacher, 49, jailed after sexual chats with undercover officer who posed as child

A primary school teacher has been jailed for 20 months today (Friday 10 January) for sending sexual communication to a 12-year-old girl who was in fact an undercover police officer.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

New Year's Honours List 2020

Congratulation to our colleagues - past and present - who have been recognised for their contribution to the justice system in the New Year’s Honours List published on 27 December 2019.

| Press Release , CPS, West Midlands News

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Richard Paull
Email: richard.paull@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Email: Graham.Buchanan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Email: gillian.andrews@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01245 455027

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Email: london.communications@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 020 7147 7937/020 3357 1994

Jackie Rand
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Telephone: 0151 239 6334

North East
Chris Black
Email: chris.black@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Anne Collins
Email: Anne.Collins@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01772 208283 / 01772 208267

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Email: cheryl.pendry@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Email: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Email: Angie.Patton@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01189 513625

Marie-Dominique Meunier
Email: marie.meunier@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673809

West Midlands
Riddhi Mardania
Email: Riddhi.Mardania@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0121 262 1583

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Email: elizabeth.ogborn@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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