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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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Transforming our service to victims at the CPS

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 102 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

CPS seeks public’s views on draft 'Deception as to Gender' legal guidance

A public consultation on updated legal guidance regarding deception as to gender in rape and serious sexual assault cases has been launched by the Crown Prosecution Service today.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS authorises exposure charges against Wayne Couzens

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised two further charges of exposure against Wayne Couzens, following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police. 

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CPS sets out the law on street-based sexual harassment

Street harassment such as cyber-flashing, upskirting or the exposure of genitals in a public place are crimes which can and will be prosecuted the CPS has stressed, as new legal guidance is published today.

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CPS publishes latest statistics on all crime types showing steady increase in rape convictions

Today the CPS has published the Q4 Performance data which covers the three-month period from 1 January to 31 March 2022.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

A man who paid for children to be sexually abused online has been jailed for three years


A man who paid money to have children perform sexual acts, has today been jailed.

Graeme Wilson, 68, made transactions through a number of money service bureaus to pay adults for live streamed footage of child sexual abuse.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Max Hill QC's opening speech to the joint CPS/NPCC conference on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences

I must start by saying thank you to you all. Thank you for your commitment and your really dedicated work to tackle these dreadful crimes. I am very grateful to you all, without exception.

| Speech , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS authorises indecent assault charges against Harvey Weinstein

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Harvey Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault against a woman in August 1996.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS authorises sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Martial arts couple convicted of child sexual offences

A martial arts instructor and his actress wife have been convicted of a number of non-recent child sexual offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East Midlands News

David Carrick: CPS authorises three further charges

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick with three additional offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS 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

Michael Steward
Email: Michael.Steward@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0724

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

Nazia Dewji
Email: Nazia.Dewji@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 1994

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

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

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

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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