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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

Local Areas

The CPS is divided into 13 geographical Areas across England and Wales.

Each Area is led by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) who is responsible for the provision of a high quality prosecution service in their Area.

Each CCP is supported by an Area Business Manager (ABM), and their respective roles mirror, at a local level, the responsibilities of the DPP and Chief Executive. Administrative support to Areas is provided by Area Operations Centres.

A 'virtual' 14th Area, CPS Direct, is also headed by a CCP and provides out-of-hours charging decisions to the police.

Find out more about the CPS in your area

Local Area News

Date

Outline

19/05/2017
West Midlands

Three men jailed for 27 years following gang rape of woman

Three men have today been jailed for a total of 27 years after they were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court of the gang rape of a woman in Coventry.

19/05/2017
Yorks Humber

Hemsworth quadruple fatal crash: Driver, passenger and 'spectators' sentenced

The driver of a Nissan 350z, Daniel Raynor, and his passenger, Matthew Todd, were today both sentenced to nine years at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to four charges of causing death by dangerous driving. Raynor was disqualified from driving for 15 years and Todd for 10 years.

18/05/2017
West Midlands

Armed supermarket robbers jailed for 41 years

Two men have today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for a total 41 years for their part in a series of armed robberies which were committed in supermarkets and a public house across the West and East Midlands.

17/05/2017
London

Foot fetishist who targeted lone women convicted of outraging public indecency and sexual assault

A foot fetishist who carried out sexual acts on himself while looking at women’s feet has been convicted of committing acts outraging public decency, exposure and sexual assault.

17/05/2017
Merseyside Cheshire

Brothers jailed for sexually abusing girls

Two brothers from Birkenhead on Merseyside have been given long prison sentences for sexually abusing young girls.

17/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Two men jailed for using drones to drop drugs into prisons - Bovingdon and London

A deported Lithuanian criminal smuggled himself back into the UK and flew drugs into prisons.

17/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man caught with drugs in taxi jailed - Luton

An Albanian man, with an engineering degree, caught with four kilos of 92 per cent pure cocaine in a Luton taxi was today, Tuesday, 16 May 2017, jailed for four and a half years.

17/05/2017
London

Rape convictions for cab driver who cut clothing off sleeping female passengers

A cab driver has admitted sexually assaulting vulnerable women passengers after cutting off parts of their clothes.

15/05/2017
Wales

Drivers jailed following fatal collision

Two drivers who pursued a young woman in her car through the streets of Cardiff face a total of fourteen years in jail.

15/05/2017
West Midlands

Man jailed for the rape and murder of district nurse

Leroy Campbell has today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court to life imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Lisa Skidmore at her home in Bilston as well as to the attempted murder of Margaret Skidmore and to an offence of arson with intent to endanger life.

12/05/2017
London

Couple jailed after forcing 14-year-old into prostitution

Three Romanian nationals have been sentenced after trafficking women and young girls into prostitution in the UK.

11/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for rape - Botley, Oxford

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Thursday, 11 May 2017, and was jailed for life, and is to serve a minimum of seven and a half years' imprisonment, for raping a woman in Botley in January.

11/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for sexually assaulting elderly women - Oxfordshire

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Thursday, 11 May 2017, and was given an extended sentence of ten years for sexual assaults against elderly women in Oxfordshire and other areas of the country last year.

11/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for child sexual offences - Sandy

A man was jailed for 2 years today, Thursday, 11 May 2017, for trying to meet an underage girl for sexual activity.

10/05/2017
London

Three men given life sentences overmurder of Sainsbury's worker

Three men who took part in an ambush which saw a Sainsbury's worker murdered have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

10/05/2017
London

Teenager jailed for life-threatening Boxing Day stabbing

A teenager has been jailed after stabbing another boy five times in Hackney on Boxing Day and leaving him with life threatening injuries.

10/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Brother and sister jailed for arson - Luton

A brother and sister were jailed today, Friday, 5 May 2017, for starting a fire that caused a father to clamber onto the top of a block of flats in Luton where his 6-day-old baby was passed to him.

10/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for attempting to groom teenage girl - Stevenage

A man, who travelled by bus from Luton to Stevenage expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl, was jailed for 16 months today, Friday, 5 May 2017.

10/05/2017
Thames Chiltern

Two men jailed for stolen car and shotgun - Farley Hill

Two Luton men were jailed for a total of more than 10 years today, Friday, 5 May 2017, after driving around Farley Hill in a stolen car with a sawn off shotgun inside.

10/05/2017
South West

Private Tutor jailed for sexual assault

Terence Lai, 54 appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Friday 5th May charged with sexual assault of a child under 13 years old.