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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 19 results for crime type "International and organised crime" & area "CPS"

Man charged in connection with fake passport supply

A man has been charged with offences relating to his alleged involvement in a criminal passport supply gang.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Man who sexually abused young boys in Myanmar sentenced to six years

A man who travelled to Myanmar to sexually abuse and exploit young boys was convicted of his crimes after GPS location data from his Garmin wristwatch was used against him in evidence.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

CPS publishes updated guidance for handling of illegal entry cases via small boats

Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of cases involving illegal entry to the UK via small boats and lorries.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking

Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Serial offender admits blackmailing children to engage in sexual activity

An online blackmailer who forced children to engage in sexual activity, and sold that material on, contacted nearly 2,000 people worldwide.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Men sentenced for their parts in people-smuggling ring which left 39 dead

Four men have been found guilty of being involved in an illegal people-smuggling operation which left 39 dead. They join four more who pleaded guilty before trial.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

CPS statement on decision to discontinue the prosecution of two men for merchant shipping offences

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor said: “On Sunday 25 October 2020 a distress signal was sent from the Nave Andromeda oil tanker once it had reached UK waters.

| News Item , International and organised crime , CPS News

Role of grooming of women involved in violent crime examined as part of new gangs guidance

Prosecutors working on gang-related cases which involve women and girls should consider if there is evidence they have been forced or groomed into committing crime, according to new legal guidance published today.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Four men jailed for conspiracy to import handguns into the UK

Four men have been jailed for a total of more than 51 years today for their involvement in the illegal importation of firearms from the USA into the UK, with sentences ranging from 10-and-a-half years to over 17 years.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS, South West News

Modern slavery

Modern slavery has a devastating effect on its victims, and we are committed to prosecuting these crimes.

| CPS says , International and organised crime , CPS News

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Telephone: 020 3300 3531

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Telephone: 020 3300 3398

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Telephone: 020 3300 3457

Sophie Court
Telephone: 020 3357 0700

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Rob Smith
Telephone: 020 7147 7547

Contacts: Local media

Richard Paull
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027

London (North and South)
Christian Taylor/Nazia Dewji
Telephones: 020 7147 7937/020 3357 1994

Jackie Rand
Telephone: 0151 239 6334

North East
Chris Black
Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Kerry Bell
Telephone: 0161 827 4705

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Cheryl Pendry
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

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Gary Cockram
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

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Angie Patton
Telephone: 01189 513625

Wendy Wyeth
Telephone: 02380 673873

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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If you follow us on Twitter, you can expect tweets covering some or all of the following:

  • Operational updates on decisions to prosecute or take no further action;
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  • Content that explains the role of the CPS and how we work
  • Highlighting of relevant work by our criminal justice partners and other stakeholders

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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