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CPS says: Rape is not 'the perfect crime'

A recent feature on Sky News described rape as ‘the perfect crime’ (99 per cent of rapes reported to Police do not result in legal proceedings – October 15 2020). The CPS is very concerned about the impact this harmful claim could have on victims coming forward. To be clear, of the thousands of people who go through the justice system every year, many are convicted of rape and serious sexual offences.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

HGV Driver jailed for causing two deaths in M1 collision

An HGV driver has been jailed today (19 October 2020) for causing two deaths through careless driving.

| Press Release , Driving offences , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

New legal guidance for prosecutors helps to tackle rape myths and stereotypes against the changing picture of modern life

The growing exchange of naked selfies, misconceptions about the use of ‘hook up’ dating sites and discussion of why sexual assault victims may remain in contact with their attacker all form part of new draft guidance for prosecutors on rape myths and stereotypes published by the Crown Prosecution Service today.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

York man jailed for life for 2007 murder

David Roustoby (45) has today been sentenced to life at Leeds Crown Court and ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years for the murder of David Clarke thirteen years ago.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Husband convicted of murdering friend

A father-of-three who murdered a man over his relationship with his wife has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court. He must serve a minimum of thirty years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Man who was armourer to criminals and stored guns at the home of a vulnerable man jailed

A man who was acting as an armourer to criminals and storing the weapons and materials to make explosives at the home of a vulnerable man he claimed to be caring for has been jailed for 8 years.

| Press Release , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Police officer charged with assault

Sarah Hammond, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS West Midlands, said: “The CPS has authorised the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to charge Declan Jones, a West Midlands Police Officer, with three counts of common assault against three complainants.

| Press Release , CPS, West Midlands News

Prosecutors and Police join forces in the North East to reduce delays in charging decisions for victims of rape and serious sexual offences

Prosecutors in the North East have been working with police to make promising strides in improving file quality and reducing delays in charging decisions for rape and sexual assault cases.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North East News

Hate Crime Awareness Week: CPS Cymru/Wales

Hate crime can take many forms from shouting abuse to hate fuelled violence or targeted harassment over long periods of time, and the CPS are committed to working with the police and our community partners in order to address it.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

CPS Yorkshire and Humberside: Hate crime sentence uplift examples - Cases finalised between July and September 2020

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexual orientation. We are now seeing more cases concluding in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts after a dip caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have seen a high number of successful outcomes in hate crime prosecutions locally. Below are some examples of hate crime cases prosecuted by CPS Yorkshire and Humberside between July and September 2020 which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

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