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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 violence against women and girls and hate crime, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

To ensure greater openness in the reporting of criminal proceedings, the CPS, the police and media representatives developed a joint protocol for working together.

Here you can find our latest news stories and search for others. You can also find additional details about a number of high-profile cases and the work of the CPS.

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CPS action to understand disproportionality in charging decisions

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched a programme of research to identify, understand and tackle disproportionality in its charging decisions.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS statement following the sentencing of David Carrick

Speaking after the sentencing of David Carrick today, Peter Burt, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, said: 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

DPP Speech to the Bar Council

Remuneration for criminal barristers has, of course, been high on the agenda for some time now, with last autumn seeing an increase in fees paid to defence barristers. With those increases secured, attention has, understandably, turned to the CPS. 

| Speech , CPS News

Windsor Castle intruder pleads guilty to threatening to kill Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A man who trespassed within the grounds of Windsor Castle armed with a loaded crossbow - after making threats to kill Queen Elizabeth II - has pleaded guilty to all three charges against him.


Travel agent jailed for defrauding customers to fund lavish lifestyle

A travel agent who stole money from friends, family and hundreds of members of the public who bought holidays from her, has today been jailed. 

Lyne Barlow, aged 39, formerly of Stanley, County Durham, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Durham Crown Court on 3 February 2023. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Man who created false document to steal £2 million from air ambulance charity jailed

A man who created a false document in an attempt to steal more than £2 million intended for an air ambulance charity has today been jailed. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Mason Greenwood: CPS discontinuance of charges

NB: People who allege they are victims of sexual offences receive lifelong anonymity. It is a criminal offence to publish a complainant's identity or any information that might lead to the complainant being identified.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS authorises charges following hospital arrest

Nick Price, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said:

“The CPS has authorised Counter Terrorism Police North East to charge a man with a terrorism offence after he was arrested outside St James's Hospital in Leeds last Friday (January 20).


CPS publishes latest quarterly statistics which show a continued increase in people charged with rape

Today the CPS has published the Q2 performance data which covers the three-month period from 1 July to 30 September 2022. 

Notable changes in the data from Q1 2022-23 to Q2 2022-23 include: 

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Domestic abuse, Hate crime , CPS News

Ex-public servant pleads guilty to misconduct in office offences

An ex-employee of the Crown Prosecution Service has pleaded guilty today (19 January 2023) to the misuse of computer systems while working for the organisation.

| Press Release , CPS News

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