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Showing 1 - 10 of 56 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "CPS"

Man pleads guilty to Heysel disaster taunts and racist abuse at Liverpool derby

A man has pleaded guilty to taunting Liverpool fans about the Heysel Stadium disaster and shouting racist abuse at a derby match against Everton in October 2023.

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

Boy, 14, charged with murder following deaths of Max Dixon and Mason Rist

Victoria Cook, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West, said: “CPS South West’s Complex Casework Unit has today authorised two murder charges against a 14-year-old boy following the deaths of 16-year-old Max Dixon and 15-year-old Mason Rist.

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

Two teenagers jailed for life for the murder of Brianna Ghey

Two 16-year-olds, now named in open court as Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, have been sentenced to a life term in prison today at Manchester Crown Court after having been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Brianna Ghey.

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

UPDATED: CPS authorises charges against four further suspects following Bristol stabbings

The Crown Prosecution Service today authorised Avon & Somerset Police to charge four more suspects in connection with the murders of 15-year-old Mason Rist and 16-year-old Max Dixon.

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

Man sentenced for killing of three people and attempted murder of three others in Nottingham

An engineering graduate suffering from paranoid schizophrenia has been sentenced to a hospital order with restrictions (Thursday 25 January 2024) for the unlawful killings of three people and attempts to kill three others in June 2023.

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

Lawrence Bierton: Whole life order for Worksop murder

A convicted killer who struck again by bludgeoning his elderly neighbour to death while out on life licence, has been given a whole life sentence for her murder.

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

Two teenagers who plotted murder convicted of killing Brianna Ghey

Two teenagers who plotted together to commit a murder have been convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl in a park in Cheshire.

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

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Violent abuser who murdered ex-partner and disposed of her body is convicted

An abusive boyfriend who murdered his former partner and disposed of her body more than a decade ago has sentenced.

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

Four men found guilty of killing 17-year-old Trust Gangata.

A group of four men have been convicted for killing 17-year-old Trust Gangata in a tragic case of mistaken identity.

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

Gang who plotted to kill a man but murdered his innocent girlfriend jailed

On Wednesday 22 November at Liverpool Crown Court, four men were sentenced to a total of 173 years in prison for the murder of Ashley Dale at her home in Old Swan in August 2022, conspiracy to murder Ashley’s boyfriend Lee Harrison and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, namely a Skorpion

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

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