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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.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 90 results for area "London North"

Killer admits murdering woman he met on east London bus

Valentin Lazar, 21, stabbed 45-year-old Maria Rawlings to death after meeting on the EL3 bus in Romford.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Deliveroo driver sentenced for upskirting in Westfield London

Italo Souza, 22, filmed a 28-second video as he pointed his phone upward behind an unsuspecting female on an escalator in Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush.

| Press Release , London North News

Abusive partner on steroids murdered girlfriend in Holiday Inn

Taye Francis, 39, killed 23-year-old Khloemae Loy on 5 July last year while in a fit of rage brought about by his regular use of anabolic steroids.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Domestic abuse , London North News

Football fan jailed for 10 weeks after Euro 2020 rant on Facebook

Jonathon Best, 52, from Feltham used the social networking site to rant about black players involved in the penalty shootout against Italy which England lost on Sunday, 11 July. 

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

Former Sea Cadet Commander jailed for abusing schoolboys

Retired naval officer Alan Waters, 73, abused four boys aged between 11 and 15 over around 10 years while volunteering with the Sea Cadets in Clapton and then in Cheshunt during the 1970s and 1980s.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , London North News

Husband who murdered wife with scissors jailed for life

Abusive husband Vasile Bratu, 40, plunged a pair of scissors into his wife Constanta Bunea's back, killing her.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

London Head of Homicide speaks to students about gang murders in the capital

Prosecutor Julius Capon discussed issues faced by lawyers within London’s busy homicide unit when he met with students at Haringey Sixth Form College.

| Press Release , London North News

Murderer husband who set wife on fire jailed for life

Damion Simmons, 45, murdered 36-year-old Denise Keane-Simmons in her home in Harlesden after she ended their relationship. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

CPS London authorises murder charge in Sabina Nessa case

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Koci Selamaj, 36, with one count of murder in relation to the murder of 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke, south-east London.

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

Man admits 1983 unsolved Cricklewood murder

Anthony Kemp, 58, killed 50-year-old head waiter Christopher Ainscough inside his own home in Cricklewood in December 1983. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

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