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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 22 results for area "East Midlands"

Violent drug user given life sentence for caravan murder

A former amphetamine user from north Derbyshire has been jailed for life for the murder of a man in a caravan at a Shirebrook allotment in January 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , East Midlands News

Damien Bendall: CPS authorises additional charge

A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised a further charge for Damien Bendall, 31, after reviewing a file of evidence from Derbyshire Police. He has now been charged with rape of a girl under 13.

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

Lincolnshire Waterway Murderers Sentenced

Adam Kaminski and Lukasz Ferenc subjected 41-year-old Marcin Stolarek to a violent and sustained attack in a house in Boston, Lincolnshire and forced him to take a potentially fatal dose of drugs.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Drug offences , East Midlands News

Amateur theatre director sentenced for abusing young performers

An amateur theatre practitioner from Northamptonshire has been jailed for a series of sexual offences against young performers.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , East Midlands News

Life sentence for teenage murderer

A fifteen-year-old boy has been detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the murder of another schoolboy in Boston, Lincolnshire.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Youth crime , East Midlands News

Chesterfield woman fined for racist harassment

A Chesterfield woman has been sentenced for racially aggravated harassment, following an incident in December 2020, where she blocked access to householder's home.

| Press Release , Hate crime , East Midlands News

Prolific Derbyshire paedophile jailed for 30 years

A paedophile from Grimsby has been given a 30 year sentence for over a decade of sexual abuse in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , East Midlands News

Bitcoin miner jailed for abstracting electricity

A cryptocurrency trader from Leicestershire has been jailed for abstracting electricity to run bitcoin mining machines in two commercial premises in the county.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , East Midlands News

Northants amateur dramatics director guilty of abusing young performers

An amateur theatre practitioner from Northamptonshire has been convicted of a string of sexual offences against young performers over a period of five years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , East Midlands News

Jail sentences for racist social media posts

Two social media users have been handed prison sentences for posting a video expressing extreme racist views on social media in January this year.

| Press Release , Hate crime , East Midlands News

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