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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 74 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "CPS"

Man charged with murder of Elle Edwards in Liverpool on Christmas Eve

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Merseyside Police to charge Connor William Chapman, 22, with nine offences relating to a shooting at the Lighthouse Public House on 24 December 2022.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

A double murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

A builder who murdered two women, one of whose bodies has never been found, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

Jealous husband jailed for life for murder of estranged wife

A jealous husband who accused his estranged wife and mother of his two children of “disrespecting and humiliating” him has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Domestic abuse , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Whole life imprisonment order for Killamarsh family murders

A drug user living in Killamarsh in Derbyshire has been given a whole life sentence for the murder of a family and a young girl staying with them on a sleepover.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, East Midlands News

Man convicted of brutal 1975 rape and murder after double jeopardy trial

A man who brutally raped and murdered his ex-girlfriend’s niece 47 years ago has been convicted after the CPS successfully overturned the verdict of a 1976 jury to see him face a retrial. 

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

Man jailed for life over murder of Zara Aleena

A man who murdered a woman as she returned home after a night out has been jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London North News

“Psychopath with a conscience” convicted of double murder

A man who claimed in a text to a friend that he was a “psychopath with a conscience” has been convicted of the murder of two women.


Burnley man jailed for murdering mother-of-two Katie Kenyon with axe

Andrew Burfield, 51, from Burnley, has been given a life sentence for murdering 33-year-old Katie Kenyon in April this year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North West News

Couple sentenced to life for murder of 15-year-old boy following a campaign of torture and abuse

A couple who subjected a 15-year-old boy to a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse have been sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder, at Leeds Crown Court today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Sheffield solicitor murder: two men jailed for life

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of 31-year-old Sheffield solicitor Khuram Javed.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

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