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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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10-year Football Banning Order for FA Cup pitch invasion

A Leicester City fan who ran onto the pitch during the club’s FA Cup match with Nottingham Forest and assaulted three players has been banned from attending football matches for ten years.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS publishes interim fundamental principles on victims accessing pre-trial therapy

Victims should prioritise their well-being and not delay receiving therapy for any reason connected with a police investigation or prosecution the CPS has said.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

No stone left unturned to transform rape case handling says Director of Public Prosecutions

‘Leaving no stone unturned’ to transform the way rape prosecutions are handled is key to helping more victims see justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said today.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Three terrorists convicted of attacking prison officer

Three terrorism inmates have been convicted of attacking a prison officer inside Belmarsh. Hashem Abedi, 24, Ahmed Hassan, 22, and Muhammed Saeed, 23, attacked the victim inside his office within the Category A unit, which houses the highest security prisoners.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Terrorism , CPS, London South News

CPS authorise charges against three police officers over WhatsApp comments

This release (originally published on Thursday 17 February) has been updated to include the names of the three defendants. Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the CPS has authorised charges against two serving Metropolitan Police officers and one former officer.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS News

First extradition from the United Kingdom to Mexico as a result of international collaboration

A suspected fraudster could be the first person extradited to Mexico from the UK after a court ruling thanks to the collaborative work between the two countries’ legal teams.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

Football supporter admits homophobic abuse at Midlands Premier League derby game

A supposed football fan has pleaded guilty of homophobic abuse at a match.

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

Police officer found guilty of misconduct in public office

A Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of inappropriate behaviour towards two girls under the age of 18.

| Press Release , CPS News

Recycling firm admits causing manslaughter of employee who died of fatal head injuries

Managers at a recycling firm where a scrap metal worker was killed after suffering head injuries have today admitted health and safety failures. Stuart Towns, 35, died after being struck from above whilst working at the Alutrade Ltd site in Oldbury, on 24 July 2017.

| Press Release , CPS News

Crime gang who tasked vulnerable girls with UK-wide shoplifting spree convicted of modern slavery offences

A crime gang who coached and exploited teenage girls into a UK-wide shoplifting scam have been convicted of modern slavery offences.

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

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Telephone: 020 7147 7547

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