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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

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

Man pleads guilty to Regent's Park mosque stabbing in prayer hall

Daniel Horton, 30, stabbed his 70-year-old victim during prayers at the London Central Mosque, Regent’s Park, on 20 February 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London South News

Four men jailed for conspiracy to import handguns into the UK

Four men have been jailed for a total of more than 51 years today for their involvement in the illegal importation of firearms from the USA into the UK, with sentences ranging from 10-and-a-half years to over 17 years.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS, South West News

Proportion of hate crime cases getting increased sentences at all time high

At the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) tomorrow (10 October) the Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that the proportion of those convicted of a hate crime who were given a tougher sentence is higher than ever before.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

Modern slavery

Modern slavery has a devastating effect on its victims, and we are committed to prosecuting these crimes.

| CPS says , International and organised crime , CPS News

Gunman jailed for attempted murder of 12-year-old in drive-by shooting

A Sheffield gang member who seriously injured a 12-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting has today been jailed (7 October 2020) for attempted murder.

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

Predatory Southend rapist sentenced

Olawale Hassan, a 34-year-old man, has been sentenced to ten years and two months today (06/10/2020) at Basildon Crown Court for the sexual assault and rape of a woman in Southend.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Romanian gang jailed for burglary spree including 200-plus stolen ancient books

Twelve Romanian men who ran a conspiracy worth between £3 and £4 million to burgle items ranging from iPhones to seventeenth century books by Galileo have been sentenced to a total of more than 48 years in prison, with sentences ranging from 3 years and 7 months to 5 years and 8 months.


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