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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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Being a victim of crime can be deeply traumatic, and for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system the process can feel overwhelming, unfamiliar, and incredibly challenging.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 29 results for area "South West"

Man guilty of murder after woman he set on fire in 1998 died 21 years later

A man has been convicted of murder after a woman he doused with petrol and set on fire in 1998 died 21 years later.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse, Violent crime , South West News

M32 crash woman jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

A 25-year-old woman has been jailed for six years at Bristol Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

| Press Release , Driving offences , South West News

Plymouth couple jailed for murder of Stephen Fogg

A man and a woman have been jailed for the murder of Stephen Fogg, who was killed at his home near Plymouth between 14 and 17 December 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

Man jailed for the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod

A man from Plymouth has been sentenced to life, with a minimum jail term of 30 years and 190 days, for the murder of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

Man convicted of the manslaughter of Dontae Davis

A 19-year-old from Whitchurch has been convicted today of the manslaughter of Dontae Davis.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

Devon man jailed for historic sexual offences

A 68-year-old man from Devon has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years imprisonment at Exeter Crown today for sexual offences committed in the early 1990s.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South West News

Man convicted of riot and arson offences during the Bristol riots in March

Ryan Roberts, 25, has today been convicted of charges relating to the Bristol riots on 21 March 2021. Roberts was found guilty of attempted arson with intent to endanger life and four other charges at Bristol Crown Court.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

Former Council Leader and Royal Navy Officer jailed for historic sex offences

A former council leader and Royal Navy officer has been jailed for 11 years for historic adult sex offences which took place over an 18-year period.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South West News

Father given life sentence for the murder of his five-week-old baby in Bristol

A man has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years at Bristol Crown Court today for the murder of his baby son. James Clark was convicted in August of the murder of Sean Clark, who was five weeks and four days old at the time of his death.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

Callum Hill murder - Three men convicted over arranged fight that ended in death

Three men from Cornwall have been convicted today in relation to the murder of Callum Hill. Andrew Hatrey and Kristian Humphries were both convicted of Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Violent Disorder. Alexander Billy Humphries was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Violent Disorder and Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South West News

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