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Showing 1 - 10 of 76 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "CPS"

Man jailed for murder of disabled neighbour

A man who attacked his disabled neighbour with a blunt object has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of her murder.

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

Couple jailed for life for murder of French au pair

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were sentenced today (26 June) at the Old Bailey for murdering Sophie Lionnet and for perverting the course of justice after admitting burning her body on 20 September 2017 to try to destroy any evidence they had killed her.

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

CPS decision following reinvestigation into death of Rikki Neave

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided there is insufficient evidence to charge a man in relation to the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave.

Rikki Neave’s body was found in woodland area on the Welland Estate, Peterborough, on 29 November 1994.


Man jailed for life for the murder of Sam Cook

A twenty-three year old man has been jailed for life for murdering a man who was out celebrating his 21st birthday in Liverpool. He must serve a minimum of 28 years before he can be considered for release.

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

Hunt employees given suspended sentence for assault

A father and son have been given suspended jail sentences for assaulting two members of the League Against Cruel Sports as they monitored a hunt in Leicestershire.

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

Fireworks boss jailed over explosion deaths

A company boss has been jailed for 10 years today (13 June) after two people died in a series of explosions and a fire at his fireworks shop.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

Burglar who attacked 96-year-old convicted of attempted murder

A burglar who attacked a 96-year-old man with a hammer whilst stealing items from his home has been convicted of attempted murder today (25 May).

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

Married couple sentenced for manslaughter of homeless man

Marc Finnie (44) and his wife Sarah Finnie (36) have today (25 May) been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for the manslaughter of Anthony Richardson (45) on 16 January 2018 at Old Market Place, Grimsby. Marc Finney was sentenced to eight years in prison and Sarah Finney to seven and a half years in prison.

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

Teenagers found guilty of conspiracy to murder

Two 14 year olds, who planned to re-enact the Columbine High School massacre at their school in a quiet market town in North Yorkshire, have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder at Leeds Crown Court today (24 May)

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

Man guilty of attempted murder of wife after sabotaging her parachute

An army sergeant who tried to kill his wife twice by sabotaging her parachute and causing a gas leak at their home has been convicted today (24 May) at Winchester Crown Court.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Wessex News

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Telephone: 020 3357 0478

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Telephone: 020 3357 1459

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Richard Paull
Email: richard.paull@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Email: Graham.Buchanan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Email: gillian.andrews@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01245 455027

London (North and South)
Christian Taylor / David Lindsell / Nazia Dewji
Email: london.communications@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 020 7147 7937 / 020 3357 0087 / 020 3357 1994

Mersey Cheshire
Jackie Rand
Email: jackie.rand@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 239 6334

North East
Chris Black
Email: chris.black@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Anne Collins
Email: Anne.Collins@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01772 208283 / 01772 208267

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Email: cheryl.pendry@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Email: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Email: ThamesChiltern.ABC@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01727 798700, select option 5

Sarah Cartwright
Email: sarah.cartwright@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673806

West Midlands
Vinny Bolina
Email: Vinny.Bolina@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0121 262 1531 / 0121 262 1644

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Email: elizabeth.ogborn@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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