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Parents convicted over baby’s death

The father of an eight-week-old girl who died at her home in Crowborough, Sussex, has been convicted of her murder and the baby’s mother has been found guilty of allowing her death.

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

Max Hill QC, DPP, on the the judgment in the judicial review of the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences

Today, Monday 15 March, Lord Burnett dismissed the application for Judicial Review from the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition against the CPS.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS statement on the judgment in the judicial review of the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences

On 26 and 27 January, the Court of Appeal heard a judicial review launched by the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition against the CPS. Their case was that a change to CPS rape and serious sexual offences guidance amounted to an illegal change of approach to prosecuting rapes, which has contributed to falling levels of these cases.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Sarah Everard: Murder and kidnap charges authorised

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

| Press Release , CPS News

Former Great Ormond Street Hospital worker admits abusing children

A former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter has admitted a total of 69 sexual offence charges against children. Paul Farrell, 55, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight children between 1985 and 2020. This amounted to at least 500 instances of abuse.

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

Conviction over maritime incident which left three men dead

A ship’s skipper has today been convicted after his vessel passed too close to a small motor boat off the coast of Sussex, capsizing it and leaving three fishermen dead.

| Press Release , CPS, South East News

National Case Progression Commitment: Joint statement from the College of Policing, National Police Chiefs’ Council and Crown Prosecution Service

Victims, witnesses and defendants have been promised actions to reduce delays in case progression and to support the timely delivery of justice. The Crown Prosecution Service, National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing have published the National Case Progression Commitment, which outlines the work ongoing to address the barriers to effective case progression.

| Press Release , CPS News

Closer working between CPS and police helping to increase charges of rape and serious sexual offences in the West Midlands

As part of a collective effort across the criminal justice system to tackle the discrepancy between rape and sexual offence cases being reported and taken to court, senior police officers and legal managers across the country are now working closer and communicating more regularly. In the West Midlands, this has contributed to a 33% rise in charges for rape and serious sexual offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

January's coronavirus review findings

The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in January under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations are detailed in the table below.

| Press Release , CPS News

Rapist jailed for eight-year campaign of abuse

A man who admitted to carrying out over 100 rapes against a young girl over an eight-year campaign of abuse has been sentenced today (19 February) at Newcastle Crown Court.

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

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