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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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Showing 1 - 10 of 25 results for crime type "Hate crime" & area "CPS"

Former councillor pleads guilty to posting racist comments about England football players

A former Shropshire parish councillor has pleaded guilty to posting racist content about England football players on social media.

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

White supremacist jailed over antisemitic COVID claims

A white supremacist who stirred up racial hatred by printing and delivering leaflets, and posting online false claims that Jewish people were behind a Coronavirus hoax, controlled the media and were evil, has been sentenced to more than eight years' imprisonment, with an extended four-year licence.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Hate crime , CPS News

Football fan sentenced for online racial abuse of Rio Ferdinand

A so-called football supporter who racially abused a famous ex-player on Twitter after the Euros 2020 final, has today (1 March 2022) been sentenced for these offences.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Football supporter admits homophobic abuse at Midlands Premier League derby game

A supposed football fan has pleaded guilty of homophobic abuse at a match.

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

Football fan pleads guilty to online racial abuse of Rio Ferdinand

A so-called football supporter who racially abused a famous ex-player on Twitter after the Euros 2020 final, has today (4 February 2022) pleaded guilty to these offences.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

DPP Max Hill on how we’re taking action against racist and homophobic football chants

The beauty of football is that anyone can play. All you need is a ball, some friends, and a goal. Fans can unite anywhere in the world with a shared love of a club, country or just the game itself. It is perhaps the most inclusive sport.

| Article , Hate crime , CPS 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

Teenager admits racist abuse of footballer

A teenager has pleaded guilty to racially abusing footballer Tyreik Wright.        

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

Man who posted racist video after Euro Finals pleads guilty

A man has pleaded guilty today  (Wednesday 6 October) to sending an obscene message via a social network after posting a racist video about England black football players after the Euro 2020 final in July.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, South East News

UPDATED: Supporter jailed for online racial abuse of former Premier League footballer

A football supporter has been jailed for racially abusing a professional footballer online.

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

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Kate Hinsley
Email: Kate.Hinsley@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0258

Yasser Mehmood
Email: yasser.mehmood@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7147 7725

Sabriyya Rasul
Email: Sabriyya.Rasul@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3519

Will Spencer
Email: William.Spencer@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3531

Rosie Wigan
Email: Rosie.Wigan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0559

Florence Williamson
Email: Florence.Williamson@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0739

Senior Press Officers

Robert Cox
Email: robert.cox@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3398

Alan Jones
Email: alan.jones@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3388

David Lindsell
Email: david.lindsell@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3363

Chief Press Officers

Hywel Barrett
Email: Hywel.Barrett@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3300 3457

Sophie Court
Email: sophie.court@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0700

Lisa Ettridge
Email: lisa.ettridge@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 1459

Head of News

Rob Smith
Email: rob.smith@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7147 7547

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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 Twitter 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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