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Showing 1 - 10 of 23 results for crime type "Hate crime" & area "CPS"

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

Cheshire man sentenced for racist abuse of England players

A Cheshire man has been sentenced for posting racist abuse about England players on the night of the Euro finals in July.

| Press Release , Hate crime, Cyber / online crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Radio host sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment for inciting racial hatred on his radio show

A radio host has been sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment for using antisemitic language and racial slurs on his live radio show.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

Man charged with inciting racial hatred after Internet radio broadcasts

Jenny Hopkins, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS, said: “Following authorisation by the Crown Prosecution Service, the police have charged Graham Hart, 68, with five counts of inciting racial hatred.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

Hate Crime Awareness Week: CPS Cymru/Wales

Hate crime can take many forms from shouting abuse to hate fuelled violence or targeted harassment over long periods of time, and the CPS are committed to working with the police and our community partners in order to address it.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

CPS Yorkshire and Humberside: Hate crime sentence uplift examples - Cases finalised between July and September 2020

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexual orientation. We are now seeing more cases concluding in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts after a dip caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have seen a high number of successful outcomes in hate crime prosecutions locally. Below are some examples of hate crime cases prosecuted by CPS Yorkshire and Humberside between July and September 2020 which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Proportion of hate crime cases getting increased sentences at all time high

At the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) tomorrow (10 October) the Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that the proportion of those convicted of a hate crime who were given a tougher sentence is higher than ever before.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

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