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Showing 1 - 10 of 103 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "CPS"

Jail and Football Banning Order for play-off player assault

A Nottingham Forest fan has been jailed and given a ten-year football banning order for headbutting an opposition player during a post-match pitch invasion.

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

Killer of Rikki Neave guilty of murder

A man who strangled six-year-old Rikki Neave has today been found guilty of murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

UPDATE: Man who fatally stabbed MP Sir David Amess sentenced to whole-life tariff

A man who fatally stabbed MP Sir David Amess at his constituency surgery has been found guilty of murder.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Violent crime , CPS News

CPS statement on guilty plea for Koci Selamaj in murder of Sabina Nessa

Koci Selamaj pleaded guilty today at the Old Bailey to the murder of Sabina Nessa. He will be sentenced on 7 April.

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

Three terrorists convicted of attacking prison officer

Three terrorism inmates have been convicted of attacking a prison officer inside Belmarsh. Hashem Abedi, 24, Ahmed Hassan, 22, and Muhammed Saeed, 23, attacked the victim inside his office within the Category A unit, which houses the highest security prisoners.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Terrorism , CPS, London South News

Prosecutors seek the public’s views on mercy killings and failed suicide pacts

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is seeking views on a proposed update to legal guidance on homicide, to assist prosecutors considering the public interest when dealing with suspects in deaths arising out of failed suicide pacts and so called ‘mercy killings’.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

UPDATED with sentence: DAVID FULLER: Hospital electrician convicted of cold-case double murder and 51 sexual offences

A hospital electrician has been convicted of murdering two women in the 1980s, as well multiple necrophilia offences against female bodies in mortuaries he accessed at work.

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

Fugitive who claimed to be an undercover TV researcher found guilty of brutal killing in 2003

A man who claimed to be an undercover TV researcher to explain why he was at the scene of a brutal torture and killing in Cheshire 18 years ago has been found guilty of the murder.

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

Damien Bendall: CPS authorises additional charge

A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised a further charge for Damien Bendall, 31, after reviewing a file of evidence from Derbyshire Police. He has now been charged with rape of a girl under 13.

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

CPS statement following Zephaniah McLeod sentencing

A man who stabbed eight people in Birmingham city centre, killing one and injuring seven others, has been given a life sentence and will be detained in a high-security hospital.

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

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