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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 violence against women and girls and hate crime, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

To ensure greater openness in the reporting of criminal proceedings, the CPS, the police and media representatives developed a joint protocol for working together.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 39 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "Mersey-Cheshire"

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

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

Man charged following firearms incidents in Liverpool

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Merseyside Police to charge Leslie Garrett, 49, of Ternhall Road, Liverpool, with five offences.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Man sentenced for homophobic assault on Drag Race UK star

A man has been sentenced for a homophobic assault on a Drag Race UK star at a McDonalds outlet in Liverpool.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Student jailed for murder after running over her partner

A student at Manchester University has been imprisoned for the murder of her partner after running him over.

Alice Wood, 23, was today (Friday 2 February 2024) sentenced to serve a minimum term of 18 years imprisonment at Chester Crown Court.

| Press Release , Driving offences, Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire 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

Eighty-four-year old man jailed for life for murdering his neighbour

An 84-year-old man who attacked his neighbour with a spade and killed him has been jailed for life. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire 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

CPS Mersey-Cheshire success in joint police knife-crime pilot

A targeted stop and search pilot in Merseyside is helping to cut knife crime offending across the region.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Woman who was looking after an XL Bully dog that ravaged a child is sentenced

A woman who was looking after an XL Bully dog that ravaged a four-year-old boy in Liverpool has been sentenced.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

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Contacts: Local media

Cymru/Wales
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)
Diana Wong and Molly Barker
Email: london.communications@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3357 0858

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
Kerry Bell
Email: kerry.bell@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 827 4705

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
Angie Patton
Email: Angie.Patton@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01189 513625

Wessex
Wendy Wyeth
Email: wessex.communications@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673873

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Email: kofo.baptist@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

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

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