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Man who wandered around local hospital to see the impact of coronavirus jailed

A man who wandered around his local hospital to see the impact of coronavirus, and posted about his visit on Facebook, was sentenced to three months in prison today following a CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecution.

| Press Release , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

CPS statement following the death of Victoria Woodhall

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside said: “Following the death of Victoria Woodhall in Middlecliffe, Barnsley on 29 March, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised South Yorkshire Police to charge Craig Woodhall, 40, with murder. Victoria’s family have been informed.

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

Christopher Guest More

Nicola Wyn Williams of the Complex Casework Unit of CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: “Christopher Guest More (Jnr), 42, has today (31 March 2020) appeared before Chester Crown Court in connection with a number of serious offences, including murder, following the torture and killing of Brian Waters in Cheshire on 19 June 2003.

| Press Release , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Man jailed for assault of emergency worker after using threat of coronavirus to avoid being arrested

A dangerous man who assaulted an emergency worker and told police he had coronavirus to try to avoid being arrested has been jailed for 31 weeks.

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

‘Coronavirus coughs’ at key workers will be charged as assault, CPS warns

Anyone using coronavirus to threaten emergency and essential workers faces serious criminal charges, the Director of Public Prosecutions warns today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

Beware fraud and scams during Covid-19 pandemic

Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public - don’t become a victim.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Four convicted of shooting innocent Sainsbury's worker in mistaken identity park killing

Rene Montaque, Karlos Gracia, Alhassan Jalloh and Taalib Rowe shot Kwasi Mensah-Ababio in the head in Monks Park in Wembley. They did so falsely believing he was a rival gang member.

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

Man jailed for coronavirus-related hate crime

A 27-year-old man has been jailed for 16 weeks for a coronavirus-related hate crime.

| Press Release , Hate crime, Violent crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Grenfell fraudster who wrote ‘Glenfell’ as address jailed for five years over £32,000 con

A fraudster who claimed to be a Grenfell Tower resident who was in hospital recovering from surgery when he was actually in prison at the time, has been convicted of fraud and jailed after racking up a bill of nearly £32,000.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, London North News

Former Oxford academic who had almost 3,000 indecent images of children jailed

A former Oxford academic who has written about the ethics of child pornography has been jailed today, after almost 3000 indecent images of children and more than 300 prohibited images were found on his computer.

| Press Release , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

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Richard Paull
Email: richard.paull@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Email: Graham.Buchanan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
Gillian Andrews
Email: gillian.andrews@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01245 455027

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Telephones: 020 7147 7937/020 3357 1994

Jackie Rand
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North East
Chris Black
Email: chris.black@cps.gov.uk
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North West
Anne Collins
Email: Anne.Collins@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01772 208283 / 01772 208267

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Email: cheryl.pendry@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Email: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Email: Angie.Patton@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01189 513625

Alex White
Email: alex.white1@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673809

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Email: kofo.baptist@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
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Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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