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The Police caution

Comment 2nd July 2010

That the current Police Caution should be revised and the phrase,

 

' but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned,something which you may later rely on in court'   be removed

Why does this matter?

It has always been a  principle of a genuine  democracy that any person accused of  an offence is entitled to remain silent. It is anathma, therefore, that the police caution warns people who are arrested that, in effect, failure to say anything at the time will harm their defence in court. Why should this be so. It appears to be an attempt to bully people into an admission  before they can rationalise their thoughts.
In a country such as ours, where we value democracy so highly, it is quite extraordinary that  this caution was introduced with so little objection. I would like  to see a reversion to the original caution.

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