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Showing 1 - 10 of 157 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

Wayne Couzens sentenced to whole life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens has been handed a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Sexual offences , CPS News

Ex-footballer jailed for sexually abusing young girls

An ex-footballer who raped six young girls over a five year period has today been jailed for 24 years.

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

Man convicted of rape over fifteen years ago in Bristol

A man has been convicted of the rape and attempted rape of two women that occurred in the early 2000s.

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

Man charged with serious sexual offences in Cheshire

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Ex-police officer who sexually exploited domestic abuse victims sentenced

A former police officer who used his position to groom and sexually exploit vulnerable women has been sentenced.

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

Prolific paedophile convicted of raping and sexually abusing vulnerable children

A paedophile who preyed on vulnerable young people for 20 years, grooming them and then sexually abusing them, has been convicted of rape, indecent assault and indecency with children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Closer working commitment by CPS and police to narrow gap on rape and sexual offence prosecutions

Prosecutors and police are today reaffirming their commitment to rape victims to work more collaboratively from the outset of investigations to drive up the number of cases reaching court.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , 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

Former choirmaster sentenced to 40 years for sexual abuse

A former choirmaster and teacher from Portsmouth has been sentenced to 40 years in prison today (30 June 2021) having been found guilty of sexually abusing 12 boys and a girl over a period of three decades.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Man sentenced to four years for rape

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison today (25 June 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court for raping a woman after a party in 2015.

James Lidbetter, from Ringwood, was found guilty after a trial in May 2021.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

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