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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.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others.

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Wayne Couzens admits murder of Sarah Everard

Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard, who went missing in March 2021 while walking home in south London.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

CPS publishes updated guidance for handling of illegal entry cases via small boats

Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of cases involving illegal entry to the UK via small boats and lorries.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Man who sexually abused young boys in Myanmar sentenced to six years

A man who travelled to Myanmar to sexually abuse and exploit young boys was convicted of his crimes after GPS location data from his Garmin wristwatch was used against him in evidence.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Man charged with sending offensive communication to Labour MP Dawn Butler

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a 70-year-old man from Warrington with sending an offensive message to the Labour MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Man convicted of murdering two sisters as they celebrated birthday in park

A teenager who violently killed two sisters in what he claimed was a ‘sacrificial pact with a demon' so he could win the lottery and escape police capture has been convicted of their murders.

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

Six people involved in drug feud murder found guilty

A prolific drug dealer and his associates have been convicted of beating and drowning a man over an unpaid debt.

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

Former choirmaster sentenced to 40 years for sexual abuse

A former choirmaster and teacher from Portsmouth has been sentenced to 40 years in prison today (30 June 2021) having been found guilty of sexually abusing 12 boys and a girl over a period of three decades.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

May's coronavirus review findings

The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in May under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations - and a running total for all cases since March 2020 - are detailed in the table below.

| Press Release , CPS News

Former senior NHS Manager jailed for defrauding the taxpayer

A former senior NHS manager has been jailed today (30 June 2021) for defrauding hundreds of thousands of pounds from a hospital trust where he was employed.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

CPS authorises man be charged with murder of Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

Louis De Zoysa, 23, will appear at Westminster mags court tomorrow.

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

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Richard Paull
Telephone: 02920 803950

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Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027

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Elizabeth Ogborn
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If you follow us on Twitter, you can expect tweets covering some or all of the following:

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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.

We are unable to monitor Twitter round the clock. We are not able to engage with all those who seek a response from us due to resources but also due to privacy and the sensitive nature of some of our work. The best way to contact the CPS is through our website.

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