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People smugglers ordered to pay over £280,000 from criminal profits in the Essex lorry deaths case

A convicted people smuggler, responsible for the manslaughter of 39 people who died in the back of a lorry in Essex, has today (24 September 2023) been ordered to pay a total of £65,157.65 to victims’ families through a Confiscation Order made by the court today.

| Press Release , Proceeds of crime, International and organised crime , CPS News

Rotherham man jailed for child sex abuse offences

A man who groomed schoolgirls and abused them on multiple occasions at his home in Rotherham has today been convicted and jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Man jailed for gross negligence manslaughter after death of David Haw in boat collision

A boat skipper has been jailed after a man was killed when the vessel he was steering crashed into a buoy at high-speed.

Morgan Smith, 21, had been drinking alcohol prior to the collision, which took place at Poole Harbour during the early hours of 2 May, 2022.

| Press Release , CPS News

Gang who plotted to kill a man but murdered his innocent girlfriend jailed

On Wednesday 22 November at Liverpool Crown Court, four men were sentenced to a total of 173 years in prison for the murder of Ashley Dale at her home in Old Swan in August 2022, conspiracy to murder Ashley’s boyfriend Lee Harrison and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, namely a Skorpion

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

CEO departure

Rebecca Lawrence has announced her departure from the CPS. She will continue to offer advice to the new DPP and CEO during the transition to the next phase for the organisation.

| Press Release , CPS News

£9.8 million to be seized from man who produced steroids on commercial scale

Mohammed Afzal who was convicted as part of a conspiracy to produce commercial quantities of illegal medical drugs has been ordered to pay back millions of pounds or face 10 extra years in prison. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime, Proceeds of crime, Drug offences , CPS News

Far-right ‘reverend’ who exchanged letters with terrorists convicted of stirring up racial hatred

The editor of a far-right website has been convicted of possessing racially inflammatory material including stickers that had been posted in and around Liverpool in 2021 as part of a campaign directing people to a website calling for the establishment of a white master race. 

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

Man jailed for eight years for funding terrorism

A man who admitted funding terrorism and possessing a firearm for terrorist purposes has been jailed for eight years.

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

Right-wing supremacist sentenced over plot to kill worshipping Muslims while disguised as armed police officer

A teenage right-wing supremacist has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment after he was convicted of planning to disguise himself as an armed police officer and kill Muslims worshipping at nearby mosques.

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

£1.59bn drugs ring: Organised Crime Group jailed for a combined total of 58 years.

Six members of an organised crime group have been jailed for smuggling into the UK 15 tonnes of cocaine worth £1.59bn in boxes of frozen chicken.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

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