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Showing 1 - 10 of 146 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

MP charged with 2008 sexual assault

Rosemary Ainslie, head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service authorised police to charge Imran Ahmad Khan, MP for Wakefield, with one offence of sexual assault. The charge relates to an allegation of sexual assault in 2008.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

New minimum standards for rape and sexual assault victim support

New minimum standards for the support of rape and sexual violence victims have today (Friday 18 June) been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS updates rape legal guidance to reflect rapid growth in digital evidence

The CPS has published refreshed rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) legal guidance, delivering on our ongoing commitment to make the prosecution of these crimes reflect today’s rapidly changing society.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Two men sentenced for 50 year old abuses at Newcastle orphanage

Two men who sexually abused vulnerable children at an orphanage over 50 years ago have been sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Two brothers who filmed themselves sexually abusing young girls have been jailed

Two brothers who targeted vulnerable teenage girls in order to sexually abuse them in Greater Manchester have been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North West News

Cheshire couple jailed for sexual abuse that Judge says 'ruined victims' lives'

A couple have been jailed for sexually abusing three young girls after a judge at Chester Crown Court said they had ruined their victims’ lives.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Police officer guilty of membership of banned group and terrorism offences

A probationary police officer has been convicted of being a member of a banned far-right organisation and possessing documents that could have been of use to a terrorist.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Sexual offences , CPS News

Man jailed for 22 and a half years for rape and sexual assault of children

A man has been sentenced to 22 and a half years’ imprisonment today for a series of rapes and sexual assaults on children over a period of approximately 20 years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, South West News

Max Hill QC, DPP, on the the judgment in the judicial review of the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences

Today, Monday 15 March, Lord Burnett dismissed the application for Judicial Review from the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition against the CPS.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS statement on the judgment in the judicial review of the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences

On 26 and 27 January, the Court of Appeal heard a judicial review launched by the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition against the CPS. Their case was that a change to CPS rape and serious sexual offences guidance amounted to an illegal change of approach to prosecuting rapes, which has contributed to falling levels of these cases.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

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