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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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Transforming our service to victims at the CPS

Being a victim of crime can be deeply traumatic, and for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system the process can feel overwhelming, unfamiliar, and incredibly challenging.

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National blueprint for prosecuting rape takes a step closer with refreshed joint work pledge

A blueprint for prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences has taken a significant step forward today - as new data reveals charge rates for rape have increased to 72.8%.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Charge rates show steady increase across all crime types as CPS publishes latest statistics

Today the CPS has published Q1 performance data which covers the three-month period from 1 April to 30 June 2022.

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

Football fans risk travel ban blocking them from going to World Cup

Fans are being warned that anyone who commits a football-related offence, in person or online, is at risk of being banned from going to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, as well as the Women’s World Cup next year and the Euros in 2024.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS News

Man convicted of stirring up racial hatred on Russian social media site

A British man has been convicted of trying to stir up racial hatred by posting racist memes on VK, a Russian social media site. 

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

Mason Greenwood: CPS authorises attempted rape charge 

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS Says: Our response to BBC documentary on rape

There is no doubt the case highlighted by BBC today is harrowing and we have offered an unreserved apology to the victim for the mistakes we made and the stress and trauma she has endured.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

Sheffield solicitor murder: two men jailed for life

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of 31-year-old Sheffield solicitor Khuram Javed.

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

New legal guidance for humanitarian, development and peacebuilding work overseas

Counter-terrorism legislation should not hinder legitimate humanitarian, development and peace building organisations from operating overseas, the CPS has said today.

| Press Release , Terrorism , CPS News

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: CPS authorises murder charge

Senior Crown Prosecutor Maria Corr of CPS Mersey-Cheshire’s Complex Casework Unit said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Merseyside Police to charge Thomas Cashman, 34, with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel and the attempted murder of Joseph Nee and Cheryl Korbel on 22 August 2022.


Prosecutors urged to consider power to compel defendants to attend court

Defendants who refuse to leave their cells for court hearings could be compelled to attend – in handcuffs if necessary – as prosecutors are reminded of the court’s powers in new updated legal guidance.

| Press Release , CPS News

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

  • Operational updates on decisions to prosecute or take no further action;
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  • Policy updates from the Director of Public Prosecutions and other prosecutors;
  • Updates on media appearances by CPS staff
  • Content that explains the role of the CPS and how we work
  • 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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If you follow us on Twitter we will not automatically follow you back. Being followed by us does not imply endorsement of any kind.


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