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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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Two charged over racist social media video

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "Following complaints in relation to a video targeted at Home Secretary Priti Patel and posted on social media in January 2021, the CPS has authorised Nottinghamshire police to charge Jake Henderson and Robert Cumming with sending a grossly offensive message by a public communication network. They will appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 29 June.

| Press Release , CPS, East Midlands News

Serial offender admits blackmailing children to engage in sexual activity

An online blackmailer who forced children to engage in sexual activity, and sold that material on, contacted nearly 2,000 people worldwide.

| Press Release , International and organised crime , CPS News

April's coronavirus review findings

The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in April under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations – and a running total for all cases since March 2020 – are detailed in the table below.

| Press Release , CPS News

Corrupt police officer accepted bribes for classified information

A police officer who sold sensitive information from police systems to assist a criminal is to be sentenced.

| Press Release , CPS News

Two fraudsters jailed for defrauding £36 million from vulnerable victims

Two fraudsters have been imprisoned today (28 May 2021) for conning vulnerable victims out of £36 million in a ‘boiler room’ fraud operation.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

CPS statement on Hillsborough ruling

The court has found there is no case for Peter Metcalf, former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster to answer on the charges of perverting the course of justice in relation to their actions following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS updates rape legal guidance to reflect rapid growth in digital evidence

The CPS has published refreshed rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) legal guidance, delivering on our ongoing commitment to make the prosecution of these crimes reflect today’s rapidly changing society.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Mother sentenced for theft of her daughter's personal health budget

A mother has been sentenced today (20 May 2021) for stealing money intended to pay for care for her disabled daughter.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

COVID-19 fraudster jailed for mass cyber scam

A COVID-19 fraudster has been jailed today (19 May 2021) for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing bank details to receive a vaccine.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Police officer charged with causing deaths of aunt and nephew

The CPS has authorised charging PC Edward Welch, an officer from the Metropolitan Police, with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and dangerous driving on 31 August 2016 in Penge, South London.

| Press Release , Driving offences , CPS News

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Telephone: 02920 803950

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Telephone: 0115 852 3343

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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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