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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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Defence criminal consultant jailed for speaking to prisoner on smuggled prison mobile phones

Law graduate Dene McClean, 37, communicated with prisoner Jonathan Gomez on seven illegal mobile phones on at least 544 instances while he was on remand awaiting trial for firearms offences at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. McClean was part of his defence team at the time.

| Press Release , London South News

CPS London hosts first Independent Sexual Violence Advisors Day

The event brought together professionals in the field across the capital to discuss collaboration and ways to improve the service provided to victims.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London North, London South News

Man who threatened to burn down Kensington Town Hall convicted

A disgruntled homeless man who threatened to burn down Kensington Town Hall before covering himself and the floor in petrol has been convicted of attempting to commit arson and threatening to kill staff.

| Press Release , London South News

Early discussions with police in London are helping to increase charges for rape cases

Prosecutors in London have been working closely with police in a collective effort to improve prosecution volumes for rape and serious sexual offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, London North, London South News

Three admit using drones to smuggle items into Wandsworth prison

Three men have admitted trying to smuggle psychoactive substances and mobile phones into a London prison using drones.

| Press Release , CPS, London South News

London South CCP Lionel Idan writes for the Evening Standard

The Crown Prosecution Service's first black male Chief Crown Prosecutor writes about growing up in Ghana and hate crime for London's Evening Standard.

| News Item , Hate crime , London South News

Man pleads guilty to Regent's Park mosque stabbing in prayer hall

Daniel Horton, 30, stabbed his 70-year-old victim during prayers at the London Central Mosque, Regent’s Park, on 20 February 2020.

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

Romanian gang jailed for burglary spree including 200-plus stolen ancient books

Twelve Romanian men who ran a conspiracy worth between £3 and £4 million to burgle items ranging from iPhones to seventeenth century books by Galileo have been sentenced to a total of more than 48 years in prison, with sentences ranging from 3 years and 7 months to 5 years and 8 months.


UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Man guilty of violent south London park sexual assault

A violent man, who made up a twin to use as a scapegoat for the sexual attack he had committed, has been sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, with a recommendation that he serve at least two-thirds, and an extended licence period of eight years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, London South News

Teen who punched man and said 'I don't want your corona virus in my country' pleads guilty

A teenager has admitted punching a man and saying ‘I don’t want your corona virus in my country’.

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

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