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Disclosure - Joint statement from Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions and Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council

"Today we met with Chief Constables to discuss further how we can improve the disclosure process.


Two men sentenced to life in prison after murdering a businessman during a burglary

Two men who broke into a man’s house in Bournemouth and shot him dead during a burglary have been convicted of murder today (22 January) and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 34 years.


Man jailed for causing death of motorway Highway Officer and seriously injuring another

A motorist whose dangerous driving caused him to lose control of his car, resulting in the death of a highways officer has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court today (19 January).


Fake witness summons emails

We have had reports today (19 January) of members of the public receiving emails which falsely claim to be from the Crown Prosecution Service. These emails include a summons to appear in court in relation to parking infringements.


People smugglers who used horse transporter jailed

Two people smugglers who conspired to illegally bring immigrants into the UK hidden in the back of a horse transporter have been jailed today.


UPDATE: Woman jailed for encouraging suicide

Natasha Gordon, 44, has today been sentenced to four years in prison at Leciester Crown Court for encouraging the suicide of Matthew Birkinshaw.



Criminal justice system comes together to discuss disclosure

Key figures from across the criminal justice system will be brought together by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders today to discuss how to improve the disclosure process.

The seminar will include representatives from the senior judiciary, police and legal professions.


UPDATE: GP guilty of series of sexual assaults on patients

Dr Jaswant Rathore, 60, has been sentenced today, 18 January, at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting four female patients at his surgery in Dudley.


Hacker admits international cyber attacks

A hacker who was responsible for thousands of cyber-attacks on firms around the world including Skype and Google has been jailed for two years.


GP guilty of series of sexual assaults on patients

A doctor has today (17 January) been found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of sexually assaulting four of his female patients over three years at his surgery in Dudley.


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