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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 15 results for area "East of England"

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

Violent man sentenced for brutal murder at family home

A man who killed his wife, attempted to murder a child and assaulted a police officer has been sentenced today at Cambridge Crown Court.

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

CPS statement in relation to the death of Rikki Neave

CPS statement in relation to the death of Rikki Neave

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

Woman who assaulted cabin crew and threatened to “kill” fellow passengers on plane sentenced

A disruptive passenger who caused an aircraft full of holidaymakers to be diverted after she tried to force open the plane doors mid-flight has today been sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

| Press Release , CPS, East of England News

Four people jailed for the death of Courtney Valentine-Brown

Today four people have been jailed for the death of Courtney Valentine-Brown following a dispute over a debt.

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

Essex couple jailed for child abuse

A couple from Essex who sexually abused four children and recorded footage of their horrific crimes have today been sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mark Gable received a total sentence of 11 years and 6 months and Jessica Fry received a total sentence of 10 years.

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

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