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Showing 1 - 10 of 10 results for crime type "Cyber / online crime" & area "CPS"

CPS authorise charges against three police officers over WhatsApp comments

This release (originally published on Thursday 17 February) has been updated to include the names of the three defendants. Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the CPS has authorised charges against two serving Metropolitan Police officers and one former officer.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS News

CPS statement on a charge following Euro 2020 final

Mark Tavender, CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Kent Police to charge Bradford Pretty, 49, with sending an obscene message via a social media network.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, South East 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

Man charged with sending offensive communication to Labour MP Dawn Butler

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a 70-year-old man from Warrington with sending an offensive message to the Labour MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler.

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

Man sentenced for sending malicious email after Bristol statue toppled

A 72 year old man from Merseyside has been sentenced for sending abusive messages to the Mayor of Bristol after protestors removed the statue of Edward Colston in the city in June last year.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS News

Cruel Cyber Voyeur Sentenced

Akash Sondhi, 27, who hacked into the computer accounts of nearly 600 girls and young women to exploit them for his own gratification has been sentenced to 11 years for blackmail, voyeurism and cybercrimes.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, East of England News

Merseyside man jailed for setting fire to phone mast

A man has been jailed for three years for setting fire to a 4G phone mast in the mistaken belief that it was providing 5G.

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

Former Cheshire councillor found guilty of harassing former MP

A former Cheshire councillor has been found guilty of harassing the then MP for Warrington North, Helen Jones.

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

CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before

More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today.

| News Item , Sexual offences, Cyber / online crime, Domestic abuse , CPS News

Man sentenced after admitting hacking offences

A disgruntled employee who compromised computer systems owned by his former company when he was sacked has been sentenced after he admitted hacking offences.

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