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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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Teenagers guilty of killing youngster Olly Stephens

Two teenagers have been found guilty of killing 13-year-old Olly Stephens after he was lured to a park and fatally stabbed earlier this year. A 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to her part in the killing.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Youth crime , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Oxford alumnus sent back to jail for non-payment of his confiscation order worth millions of pounds

An Oxford University alumnus has been sent back to prison for the non-payment of a confiscation order for his ill-gotten gains from a fake ‘green’ investment scheme.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Teenager murdered to stop her speaking out about sexual abuse

A man has been found guilty of murdering his partner’s teenage daughter after she told her mother he had been sexually abusing her for seven years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, East of England News

CPS response to HMCPSI report into CPS and SFO Proceeds of Crime Divisions

Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today 22 July issued a report following their Inspection of the operation of CPS and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Proceeds of Crime Divisions.

| Press Release , Proceeds of crime , CPS News

Prosecution statistics published for 2020-21

Prosecution data covering the first full year of the coronavirus pandemic has been published by the CPS today.

| Press Release , CPS News

Closer working commitment by CPS and police to narrow gap on rape and sexual offence prosecutions

Prosecutors and police are today reaffirming their commitment to rape victims to work more collaboratively from the outset of investigations to drive up the number of cases reaching court.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Prolific paedophile convicted of raping and sexually abusing vulnerable children

A paedophile who preyed on vulnerable young people for 20 years, grooming them and then sexually abusing them, has been convicted of rape, indecent assault and indecency with children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Fraudster jailed for duping over 200 victims in million-pound fake car sales scam

A fraudster posing as a car salesman has been jailed today (16 July 2021) for defrauding over 200 unsuspecting car buyers out of more than one million pounds.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

COVID-19 fraudster guilty of cyber scam

A COVID-19 text scammer has been found guilty today (16 July 2021) for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing personal banking details. Abdisalaam Dahir, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud by false representation, possessing articles for the use in fraud and money laundering at the Inner London Crown Court.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Man jailed for defrauding elderly victims to fund his lifestyle

A man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison today (14 July 2021) at Portsmouth Crown Court for defrauding two elderly victims of nearly £35,000.

Sam Kimmence, aged 25 and from Essex, pleaded guilty to fraud offences at an earlier hearing in April 2021.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Wessex News

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