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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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Damien Bendall: CPS authorises additional charge

A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised a further charge for Damien Bendall, 31, after reviewing a file of evidence from Derbyshire Police. He has now been charged with rape of a girl under 13.

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

David Carrick: CPS authorises 13 further charges

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge David Carrick with 13 additional offences. ​​​​​

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS statement following Zephaniah McLeod sentencing

A man who stabbed eight people in Birmingham city centre, killing one and injuring seven others, has been given a life sentence and will be detained in a high-security hospital.

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

Two men charged in connection with further allegations of serious sexual offences

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge two men in connection with additional allegations of serious sexual assault.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Former police sergeant and seven others charged with bribery offences

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said:

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Police officer charged with causing death by careless driving

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to charge Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Francis, 33, with causing death by careless driving. The charge relates to the death of Andrew Brown after he was hit by a police car on Whitton Road, Hounslow, in November 2019.

| Press Release , Driving offences , CPS News

Man sentenced for role in death of buzzard

A man yesterday (Monday 8th November) was sentenced to carry out unpaid work after incorrectly storing chemicals on his property following an investigation into the death of a wild bird in Suffolk.

| Press Release , CPS, East of England News

Diversity scheme launched in Liverpool to inspire next generation of lawyers

Dozens of legal hopefuls from Liverpool and Manchester have started a scheme relaunched today in Liverpool aimed at encouraging people of different walks of life into law.

| Press Release , CPS News

DAVID FULLER: Hospital electrician convicted of cold-case double murder and 51 sexual offences

A hospital electrician has been convicted of murdering two women in the 1980s, as well multiple necrophilia offences against female bodies in mortuaries he accessed at work.

| Press Release , CPS News

Football fan jailed for 10 weeks after Euro 2020 rant on Facebook

Jonathon Best, 52, from Feltham used the social networking site to rant about black players involved in the penalty shootout against Italy which England lost on Sunday, 11 July. 

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

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Telephone: 02920 803950

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Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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  • Highlighting of relevant work by our criminal justice partners and other stakeholders

We will aim to be fair and accurate in all the information we publish. We will aim to correct any inaccuracies as soon as possible.

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