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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.

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PC who killed Dalian Atkinson jailed

Benjamin Monk, 43, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty last week of killing former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

Major investment fraudster ordered to pay compensation for ill-gotten gains

An investment fraudster who scammed people across the country has been ordered to pay £391,680 – and faces four years extra in prison if he fails to pay. Charanjit Sandhu, 31 years old, pleaded guilty to running a number of scams in different parts of the country, conning people out of £1,704,564.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Man sentenced to four years for rape

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison today (25 June 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court for raping a woman after a party in 2015.

James Lidbetter, from Ringwood, was found guilty after a trial in May 2021.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking

Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences.

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

Man sentenced for vicious sexual assault

A man who left a woman with life-changing injuries after subjecting her to a violent sexual assault has been jailed.

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

Anti-money laundering expert convicted of allowing criminal money to be sent abroad

The former chairman of a UK group that represents the payment services industry has been convicted today (23 June 2021) of an offence in connection with the laundering of the proceeds of an investment fraud worth £850,000 and involving more than 60 victims.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Uncle and nephew jailed for bogus betting scheme

A pair of family fraudsters have been jailed today (23rd June) for tricking victims out of just under £5 million of personal and life savings in a supposed ‘spread betting’ investment scheme.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

MP charged with 2008 sexual assault

Rosemary Ainslie, head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service authorised police to charge Imran Ahmad Khan, MP for Wakefield, with one offence of sexual assault. The charge relates to an allegation of sexual assault in 2008.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

New minimum standards for rape and sexual assault victim support

New minimum standards for the support of rape and sexual violence victims have today (Friday 18 June) been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Gary Allen convicted of murdering two women in Yorkshire after double jeopardy trial

A man has been found guilty of the brutal murders of two women twenty five years apart.

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

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Telephone: 02920 803950

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Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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Telephone: 01245 455027

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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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