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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 violence against women and girls and hate crime, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

To ensure greater openness in the reporting of criminal proceedings, the CPS, the police and media representatives developed a joint protocol for working together.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others. You can also find additional details about a number of high-profile cases and the work of the CPS.

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Showing 1 - 9 of 9 results for area "East of England"

Reality TV star Stephen Bear jailed for posting 'revenge porn'

Reality TV star Stephen Bear has been sentenced today for voyeurism and two counts of "revenge porn".

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

Reality TV star guilty of posting 'revenge porn'

A reality TV star has been convicted of posting so-called “revenge porn” on the OnlyFans video-sharing site.

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

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

Support for Disabled Victims and Witnesses of Crime

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Jenny Hopkins, has welcomed an online support guide specifically for disabled victims and witnesses of crime which was published today (25 August 2017) by the Crown Prosecution Service.

| News Item , East of England News

Cemetery rapist sentenced

Kye Lewis, a 21-year-old man, was today sentenced to seven years for the rape of a sex worker in a cemetery in Southend in 2017.

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

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Contacts: National media

Please note that our Press Office is not able to deal with issues or queries from members of the public - these contact details are for accredited journalists ONLY. Do not call this number unless you a member of the press. For all general enquiries, please call the General Enquiries line: 020 3357 0899 or 020 3357 0000 (09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday) or visit

If you are a national or international journalist with a media enquiry, you can contact the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email (9am-5pm weekdays only).

For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 3357 0906 to reach the duty press officer.

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Contacts: Local media

Richard Paull
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027

London (North and South)
Diana Wong and Molly Barker
Telephone: 020 3357 0858

Jackie Rand
Telephone: 0151 239 6334

North East
Chris Black
Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Kerry Bell
Telephone: 0161 827 4705

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Telephone: 01189 513625

Wendy Wyeth
Telephone: 02380 673873

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186

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  • Highlighting of relevant work by our criminal justice partners and other stakeholders

We will aim to be fair and accurate in all the information we publish. We will aim to correct any inaccuracies as soon as possible.

We are unable to monitor social media round the clock. We are not able to engage with all those who seek a response from us due to resources but also due to privacy and the sensitive nature of some of our work. The best way to contact the CPS is through our website.

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