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Showing 1 - 10 of 112 results for area "Mersey-Cheshire"

Former councillor sentenced for fraudulent expense claims

A former councillor in Cheshire has been sentenced for fraudulently claiming around £5,000 in expenses over five years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Council payments team leader jailed for stealing from her employers

A council payments team leader who stole more than £260,000 from her employers has been jailed for four years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

CPS statement on Barry Bennell charging decision

Geoff Fryar, Head of the Complex Casework Unit of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that Richard Jones, aka Barry Bennell, today (18/5/2020) appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court via video link from HMP Littlehey. At the hearing Jones, 66, was charged with nine sexual offences in relation to two complainants.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Man jailed for benefit fraud after hijacking identity of family friend

A man from Mozambique who hijacked the identity of a Portuguese national and fraudulently claimed more than £121,000 in benefits has been jailed for two years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Prolific paedophile who filmed the rape and sexual assaults of two young girls jailed

A man who raped and sexually assaulted two young girls and filmed the assaults has today been jailed for 16 years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Drunk driver jailed for killing a taxi driver and a mother of two

A drunk driver from Merseyside has been jailed for nine years for killing a taxi driver and his passenger, a mother of two children.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Mersey-Cheshire News

Man detained at a secure hospital for killing his former girlfriend

A violent and controlling man is to be detained at a secure hospital for killing a defenceless woman that he had been in a relationship with.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Man jailed for spitting at nurse

A man has been jailed for six months for spitting at a nurse at a hospital on Merseyside.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Christopher Guest More

Nicola Wyn Williams of the Complex Casework Unit of CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: “Christopher Guest More (Jnr), 42, has today (31 March 2020) appeared before Chester Crown Court in connection with a number of serious offences, including murder, following the torture and killing of Brian Waters in Cheshire on 19 June 2003.

| Press Release , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Dangerous sexual predator jailed

A 35-year-old man who targeted and sexually assaulted young women who had become separated from their friends has been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

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