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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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Dangerous men convicted for killing and dismembering woman

Two men have been convicted today (9 November 2020) for their involvement in the murder and dismemberment of a Dudley woman in 2019.

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

Specialist prosecutors bring major investment scammers to justice

Specialist prosecutors from the Crown Prosecution Service have brought three major investment scammers to justice since the end of September.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Man who raped a teenager after Christmas lights switch-on jailed

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl following Dorchester’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations has today been jailed.

Adrian Cordery has been sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court to 15 years in prison and a further eight years on license.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Grammar schoolboy sentenced for encouraging far-right terrorism and possessing indecent images of children

An 18-year-old from south London has today been sentenced to two years' detention in a young offender institution, suspended for two years, after he pleaded guilty to 14 counts of terrorism and two of possessing indecent videos featuring young boys.

| Press Release , Terrorism, Sexual offences , CPS News

Man jailed for stealing penguins and exotic birds from Cumbria Zoo

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for two years and eight months at Preston Crown Court for stealing exotic birds worth over £53,000 plus two penguins from South Lakes Safari Zoo.

| Press Release , CPS, North West News

Three admit using drones to smuggle items into Wandsworth prison

Three men have admitted trying to smuggle psychoactive substances and mobile phones into a London prison using drones.

| Press Release , CPS, London South News

Met firearms officers charged after shooting in London

Two officers from the Metropolitan Police have today (29 October) been charged following a non-fatal shooting in south London in 2018. The incident occurred at around 08.10 on 3 December along Haydons Road in south Wimbledon.

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS decision following a recent allegation of a sexual assault outside England and Wales

Jenny Hopkins, the head of the CPS’ Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Sexual offences can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims, and the CPS will always prosecute cases where our legal test is met.

| Press Release , CPS News

September's coronavirus review findings

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

| Press Release , CPS News

CPS Says: The CPS is working hard to improve prosecution rates across the country

A recent article on The Guardian titled ‘Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows’ has raised concerns about falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases in London, despite a rise in reports.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

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