I received a police caution after an argument with a neighbour, whom I later found out was already on a police caution to keep the peace. After confronting him for damaging my garden fence, regretably the arguement got physical and I got the better of him but he didn't get taken to the police station because had they taken him, he would have been jailed, so I ended up being the bad boy and was given a police caution, having my fingerprints and DNA taken. At the then age of 56 and never having been in trouble with the police, I am now classed as a criminal for assault and this will stay on my record for life. This is unfair and unjust. A Police caution should mean a ticking off, not a criminal record to fiddle clean up crime rates for statistical purposes.
I agree with others that the police caution for a one off offence should not be retained but should be scrapped or be similar to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.