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

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Specialist prosecutors work to overcome cultural barriers associated with rape and serious sexual offences

REMOVING cultural barriers that may prevent people from ethnic minorities in pursuing a rape or serious sexual offence (RASSO) prosecution is the focus of an ongoing programme of work at the Crown Prosecution Service.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS response to the Joint Inspectorates' report on the pandemic and the Criminal Justice System

A CPS spokesperson said: “We are pleased this report commends our effective response to the pandemic, including our commitment to staff wellbeing which is a top priority for the CPS.

| Press Release , CPS News

Prosecutors given additional tools to tackle harmful myths about online dating

With studies suggesting one in three relationships now start online*, the Crown Prosecution Service has provided additional tools for prosecutors to tackle harmful myths and stereotypes around online dating head on, to reflect this rapid shift in the way people date.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Man charged with five offences around fake COVID-19 vaccine

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised City of London Police to charge David Chambers, 33, with five offences including fraud around the fake administration of a COVID-19 vaccine and common assault.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Man sentenced for sending malicious email after Bristol statue toppled

A 72 year old man from Merseyside has been sentenced for sending abusive messages to the Mayor of Bristol after protestors removed the statue of Edward Colston in the city in June last year.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS News

Reading Park killer given whole life sentence

The man who carried out the terrorism related murder of three men and the attempted murder of three others in a horrific two-minute rampage last summer will have to spend the rest of his life in prison.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Violent crime , CPS News

CPS explains decision not to continue the prosecution of two men for merchant shipping offences

There has been some concern about the CPS decision not to continue the prosecution of two men in relation to merchant shipping offences in October. We want to explain the legal reasons for this decision as much as we can to aid public understanding of this outcome.

| CPS says , CPS News

CPS statement on decision to discontinue the prosecution of two men for merchant shipping offences

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor said: “On Sunday 25 October 2020 a distress signal was sent from the Nave Andromeda oil tanker once it had reached UK waters.

| News Item , International and organised crime , CPS News

Cruel Cyber Voyeur Sentenced

Akash Sondhi, 27, who hacked into the computer accounts of nearly 600 girls and young women to exploit them for his own gratification has been sentenced to 11 years for blackmail, voyeurism and cybercrimes.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, East of England News

New CPS guidance on charging for police and prosecutors

NEW legal guidance to set updated rules on charging criminal cases has been published by the Director of Public Prosecutions today.

| Press Release , CPS News

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