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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 hate crime and violence against women and girls, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 73 results for area "London South"

Former Croydon Council worker and football coach jailed for nine years

David Hughes, 66, targeted three of the children when he worked in youth clubs in New Addington and while working in a voluntary capacity as a football coach between 1988 and 1995. Further offences took place on a teenager between 2017 and 2018. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

London South: recently prosecuted rape and serious sexual offences

London South has a specialist unit which prosecutes serious sexual offending. Here are some cases that have resulted in convictions.

| Press Release , London South News

Chelsea fan jailed for eight weeks over racist tweets

Nathan Blagg, 21, posted a series of offensive tweets and was jailed for eight weeks. His sentence was increased from five weeks to eight weeks in custody to reflect the racial hate crime element.

| Press Release , Hate crime , London South News

PCs admit taking photos of murdered sisters

Two Metropolitan Police officers have admitted taking photographs at a murder crime scene and sharing them on WhatsApp.

| Press Release , CPS, London South News

Three men guilty of high-value burglaries

Jugoslav Jovanovic, 24, Alessandro Maltese, 45, and Alessandro Donati, 44, all of Milan, were convicted of a series of high-value burglaries worth a total of more than £26 million.

| Press Release , London South News

Father and daughter sentenced for running illegal south London school

Headteacher Nadia Ali, 40, and director Arshad Ali, 75, admitted running Ambassadors Home School Limited in Mitcham Lane, Streatham illegally despite being prosecuted previously for the same offence. 

| Press Release , London South News

Summary of successful hate crime cases

Lionel Idan, the London South Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) and CPS hate crime lead, introduces a summary of recent successful hate crime cases and explains how we are working with partners to prosecute these cases. 

| Press Release , Hate crime , London South News

Man jailed for setting fires near homeless people as they slept in Croydon

Montel Nowhia-Job, 24, set alight the sleeping bags of two rough sleepers in Croydon as they slept.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London South News

Midwife convicted of downloading indecent images of children

Scott Butler, 39, was found to have more than 400 indecent images of male and female children between the ages of four and 13. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London South News

Man convicted of Antisemitic hate crime in Westminster

Piers Portman, 50, verbally abused the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s CEO during the incident at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

| Press Release , Hate crime , London South News

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