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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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Transforming our service to victims at the CPS

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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A former Detective Superintendent jailed for possession of extreme pornography

A former detective superintendent has today been jailed for possessing extreme pornographic images after illegal files were found on his phone.


Killer jailed for life after murdering Canadian girlfriend

Jack Sepple, 23, strangled and stabbed 19-year-old Ashley Wadsworth at his home in Chelmsford, Essex.

| Press Release , Violent crime , East of England News

Man sentenced for vile abuse of women

Stephen Hammond has today been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment with an extended period on licence of three years and ordered to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that sentence.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , East of England News

Man sentenced for role in death of buzzard

A man yesterday (Monday 8th November) was sentenced to carry out unpaid work after incorrectly storing chemicals on his property following an investigation into the death of a wild bird in Suffolk.

| Press Release , CPS, East of England News

Man sentenced for string of animal cruelty offences

A man has today (Monday 11 October) received a suspended prison sentence and banned from owning animals for life after pleading guilty to several animal cruelty and animal welfare offences.

| Press Release , CPS, East of England News

UPDATED: Teenager murdered to stop her speaking out about sexual abuse

A man has been found guilty of murdering his partner’s teenage daughter after she told her mother he had been sexually abusing her for seven years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, East of England News

Ex-paramedic jailed for multiple sexual assaults and rapes

An ex-paramedic has today been jailed for multiple rapes and serious sexual assaults carried out over a period of several years on women in his care, or in an assumed relationship with him.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Cruel Cyber Voyeur Sentenced

Akash Sondhi, 27, who hacked into the computer accounts of nearly 600 girls and young women to exploit them for his own gratification has been sentenced to 11 years for blackmail, voyeurism and cybercrimes.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, East of England News

Predatory Southend rapist sentenced

Olawale Hassan, a 34-year-old man, has been sentenced to ten years and two months today (06/10/2020) at Basildon Crown Court for the sexual assault and rape of a woman in Southend.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Predatory paedophile sentenced for non-recent sexual abuse

Anthony Lewis, a 58 year-old man, has been sentenced to 22 years today (24 September 2020) for non-recent sexual abuse against children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

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