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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.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others.

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Being a victim of crime can be deeply traumatic, and for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system the process can feel overwhelming, unfamiliar, and incredibly challenging.

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Footballer convicted of homophobic hate crime

Tower Hamlets FC player Ayokunle Odedoyin, 32, targeted Sheppey United’s Jahmal Howlett-Mundle with a homophobic slur during an FA Cup clash between the teams.

| Press Release , Hate crime , London South News

Stalker who targeted more than 100 victims over social media jailed

Vishaal Vijapura, 28, created a ‘rape list’ with the names of 191 potential victims and used 28 different social media accounts to stalk them.

| Press Release , London South News

Husband jailed over attempted murder of wife

Zef Gjoni, 28, attacked his wife at their home in Thornton Heath with two knives after realising she had taken her phone with her to the bathroom and contacted a family member.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , London South News

Spurs fan pleads guilty to homophobic slurs against Chelsea fans

A football fan who chanted homophobic abuse during a Premier League game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur has been convicted of a hate crime.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, London South News

Man jailed for Regent Street hammer attack

A man who sexually assaulted two women and carried out random hammer attacks on pubgoers and pedestrians has been jailed for 13 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London South News

Scorned ex who stabbed former girlfriend jailed

Phillip Gordon, 62, waited outside his victim’s home in Orpington until she came home, before putting a knife to her throat and telling her: “If I can’t have you no one can.”

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , London South News

Driving instructor admits stalking learner student

Graham Mansie, 52, became obsessed with the 17-year-old between July and October 2021 as he taught her how to drive in Bromley. 

| Press Release , London South News

Man jailed after explosive substances found in his Kingston home

Michael Pym-Nixson, 54, was caught out after paramedics were called to his home in Kingston after he burnt himself handling the dangerous chemicals.

| Press Release , London South News

Antiques fraudster jailed for duping elderly and vulnerable victims

A fraudster, who duped elderly and vulnerable victims by valuing and offering to sell their artwork and antiques before pocketing the money, has been jailed for 5 and a half years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , London South News

Members of Enfield family jailed for modern slavery

Two men and two women were sentenced after being found guilty of modern slavery offences in relation to a woman being held as a household slave.

| Press Release , London South News

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