Crown Prosecution Service

Forget 'Dark Alley Rapist' Myths

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK

Society must reject the "out-of date myths" about rape and the idea that a rapist is "a man in a balaclava in a dark alley", leading legal figures hav...

Gary Glitter Charged With Sex Offences

PA | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been charged with eight sex offences involving two underage girls, prosecutors have announced. Glitter, 70, whose ...

Not Just Suds and Bubbles - The Lasting Social Impact of Modern Day Soaps

Charly Lester | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charly Lester

Despite the snobbery, soaps attract dedicated followings. A full cross-section of society, who will watch any story with which they are presented, no matter how uncomfortable. On a daily basis, topics like euthanasia, gender identification, murder, rape and domestic abuse are brought directly into homes around the country.

Freddie Starr Case Proves 'Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied' - The Law Must Change

Philip S Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Philip S Smith

Their life is in limbo, they cannot make professional or personal plans with confidence since they are unaware as to how the investigation will proceed and with what end result. Their careers will invariably be rudely interrupted. The potential domestic impact is obvious.

Justice! Charges Dropped Against 'The Iceland Three'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

Three men accused of stealing food from the bins of a supermarket will no longer face charges. The u-turn by the Crown Prosecution Service came aft...

Rolf Harris Faces Three More Assault Charges

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

Entertainer Rolf Harris will be prosecuted over three further allegations of indecent assault, the Crown Prosecution Service said today. A CPS spok...

LOOK: Government Reveals Potential Jail Sentences

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Comedy

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has revealed that the worst benefit cheats will now be jailed for up to 10 years. But look what ...

The CPS Has Decided That Selectively Aborting Girls Is a Lapse in Medical Ethics, Not a Crime

Dr James Hannam | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

It is high time for the CPS to be disbanded. Its role should be given back to local prosecutors who will be ultimately responsible to elected Crime Commissioners. Unlike the bureaucrats of the CPS, Crime Commissioners are accountable to their electorates.

Child Rapist Whose Victim Was Called 'Predatory' Has Sentence Reviewed

Louise Pennington | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Neil Wilson's 12 month suspended sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image has been referred to the Court of Appeal as a possibly unduly lenient sentence by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.

Dave Lee Travis To Be Charged With 11 Counts Of Indecent Assault, 1 Count Of Sexual Assault

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK

DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against alleged victims aged between 15 and 29. Th...

We Can't Protect Children From Foreign Porn, Says Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

Porn-on-demand services available to British internet users are mostly operated from outside the UK putting them beyond UK regulation, a regulator has...

Andrew Mitchell To Sue The Sun Over Plebgate Row

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

Fallout from the "Plebgate" row has intensified, with ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell taking legal action against The Sun newspaper, which first b...

'Too Sensitive About Causing Offence'

PA | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

Tragic cases like the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter could be repeated because police officers are too embarrassed to ask victims of crim...

'Damaging Myths' About False Rape Accusations Harming Real Victims

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Rape victims are being punished because of "damaging myths" about false rape and domestic violence allegations - which are much less common than previ...

'I Chase Him. I Bite Him. Bad Man. He Tasty': Dog's Witness Statement Lands Police In Hot Water

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK

West Midlands Police is being investigated after jokingly filling out a witness statement in the name of a force dog and signing it with a paw print. ...

CPS Defends Practices After Sex Abuse Victim Found Dead

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK

The Crown Prosecution Service has defended itself against accusations that a mother-of-four, who killed herself during the sex abuse trial of her form...

Manchester City Youth Player Charged With Death By Careless Driving

PA | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

Police have charged a Manchester City youth player with causing the deaths of a brother and sister by careless or inconsiderate driving. Courtney M...

Social Media Prosecutions: Why I Have Published Guidelines Today

Keir Starmer QC | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Tech
Keir Starmer QC

It is perhaps worth remembering that the Communications Act was originally drafted in 1935, to protect telephone operator staff from abuse. Through various re-enactments its reach has extended from telephones to all those using the internet.

How Catching Jimmy Savile Would Have Meant Breaking the Law

Kelvin Mackenzie | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK
Kelvin Mackenzie

So in the Sun today when a phone goes on the Sun newsdesk and the journalists are told a shocking story they then ask the nervous caller a strange question; Are you a state employee? Because if you are, no matter how big or important your story is, we cannot listen to you or pay you money for your information because both of us stand a healthy chance of being arrested. Meanwhile, the Jimmy Savile's of this world will go free while those wanting to expose them face going to jail.

Time for the CPS to Rediscover its Inner Humanity?

Jane Fae | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

So do I blame the CPS for this list release? Not especially: unless overwhelming evidence to the contrary appears, I'll happily accept it was an error. But still, it was an error made by an organisation whose respect for individuals seems to be waning and whose humanity score, of late has been dipping dangerously low.

Native American Apache Wins Court Battle To Keep Badger Paws In Swansea Home

Wales News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

A 60-year-old man living as an Apace Indian has won a court battle for the right to keep badger paws and eagle wings in his semi-detached home in Swan...

Four Charged With Abuse At Mental Health Unit

PA | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK

Four people are to be charged with mistreating and neglecting patients at a mental health unit. James Hinds, Susan Murphy, Julie Burge and Michael ...

Olympic Offencers To Be Put On 'Fast Track' To Justice

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK

People who commit offences linked to the Olympic Games are to be put on a 'fast track to justice' and appear in court within 24 hours. The Crown Pr...

Multi-million Pound Crime Ring Jailed

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2012 | UK

Members of a multi-million pound organised crime gang specialising in providing fake identities and documents to thousands of customers have been jail...

CPS Apologises For Failing Victim

PA | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK

The Crown Prosecution Service and the police have apologised for failing one victim of the gang convicted on Tuesday of involvement in a child exploit...