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Man guilty of murdering Maggie Smythe in Bolton

A 40-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-partner, whose remains were found in a former pub's car park.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Catholic priest jailed for sexual abuse at Lancashire seminary

A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment for sexually abusing two teenage boys at St Joseph's College in Upholland in the 70s and 80s.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North West News

Man sentenced for calling a New Zealand mosque gunman a 'hero' on Facebook

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced today for making racist Facebook comments in the wake of terror attacks in New Zealand in March this year.

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

Workington man sentenced for racially abusing woman

A 65-year-old man has today been sentenced for racially abusing a young mother in Workington.

| Press Release , Hate crime , North West News

David Connors guilty of murder of Billy Livesley

David Connors has been found guilty of the murder of 21 year old Billy Livesley at a car park in Abram, Wigan in December.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Newton Heath man jailed after gun and hand grenade found in van

A 54-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for being in possession of a gun, hand grenade, ammunition and Class B drugs earlier this year.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, North West News

Manchester drug dealers jailed for county lines 'cuckooing' operation in Cumbria

Three 19-year-old Manchester men have been jailed for a total of nine years for forcing a vulnerable drug user to become involved in the sale of drugs in Cumbria.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, North West News

Skelmersdale man jailed for online sex offences

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after admitting inciting children to perform sexual acts online.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Gang members convicted over shooting of mother and child

Three men who plotted a gangland revenge attack in which a mother and her seven-year-old son were shot on their doorstep have been convicted of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent.

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

North West Chief Prosecutor welcomes new guidance for prosecutors on mental health conditions and disorders

Guidance for prosecutors on dealing with defendants with mental health issues has been updated to reflect growing understanding of different conditions, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced today.

| Press Release , North West News

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Richard Paull
Email: richard.paull@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 803950

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Email: Graham.Buchanan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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Chris Black
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Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Anne Collins
Email: Anne.Collins@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01772 208283 / 01772 208267

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Email: cheryl.pendry@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Email: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Email: Angie.Patton@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01189 513625

Marie-Dominique Meunier
Email: marie.meunier@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673809

West Midlands
Riddhi Mardania
Email: Riddhi.Mardania@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0121 262 1583

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Email: elizabeth.ogborn@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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