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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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CPS prosecutes man for drink-driving from his car

The Crown Prosecution Service has prosecuted a drunk driver who dialled into his sentencing hearing from his car.

| Press Release , Driving offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

The ‘Internet of Things’ helping to provide key evidence in criminal trials

Digital devices like smart doorbells, dashcam footage, car GPS systems and even Amazon Alexas are providing increasingly more evidence in criminal trials, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said in a speech today.

| Press Release , CPS News

Statement on harassment charge against Claudia Webbe MP

Jenny Hopkins, of the CPS, said: "The CPS has today decided that Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, should be charged with an offence of harassment against one female.

| Press Release , CPS News

August's coronavirus review findings

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

| Press Release , CPS News

Predatory paedophile sentenced for non-recent sexual abuse

Anthony Lewis, a 58 year-old man, has been sentenced to 22 years today (24 September 2020) for non-recent sexual abuse against children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Further jail term for a youth course leader for child sex abuse offences

A former youth course leader has been imprisoned further for child sex abuse carried out at a Welsh outdoor centre.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Security officer convicted of raping woman in Westminster car park

Sola Warikwah, 39, sexually attacked the victim in the back of his company car after she mistakenly got in believing that he was a taxi driver who had come to pick her up.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Teen convicted of murdering Louis Johnson

A 17-year-old youth has been found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Louis Johnson who was stabbed with a large knife at East Croydon station on 27 January 2020.

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

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Man guilty of violent south London park sexual assault

A violent man, who made up a twin to use as a scapegoat for the sexual attack he had committed, has been sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, with a recommendation that he serve at least two-thirds, and an extended licence period of eight years.

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

Prosecuting in the public interest: independence without isolation - Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions

Crown Prosecution Service in an extraordinary 2020 and beyond, and how it intersects with the Service’s other values and responsibilities. Drawing on the experiences of the past six months, he considers what it means to remain independent while also being collaborative, responsive and adaptable in a changing world - and the importance of each of these qualities in maintaining public confidence in the criminal justice system.

| Article , CPS News

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