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Breaking and entering

I was caught going into an abandoned building and the police asked for my name ,address and date of birth ,but then told me to leave . I didnt have to sign anything and my parents werent told , was this a verbal warning or a caution and do i have a criminal record for it .

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Hi there,

Being stopped by the police can be scary and it sounds like you’ve been worried and anxious about what will happen next.

The Police usually take details like names and addresses for their records and in case they need to follow up on an enquiry. This does not mean you have a criminal record. A lot more would have happened for you to have a record and the Police would definitely have told you if that was the case.

Sometimes the Police will need to speak to you about your behaviour or give you a verbal warning. You can look at it as a second chance - it could just be helpful to think on what happened, how you felt when the police got there and maybe consider what you hope for in the future.

It can be helpful to talk to someone about what happened. It could be your parents, a teacher or another adult you trust. Remember that the police are there for us in case we need their help and it’s ok for you to turn to them in the future even though you’ve had this experience.

Don't forget you can always talk to someone at Childline by calling 0800 1111, sending an email or talking to a counsellor via our 1-2-1 chat. Remember you don't have to cope with things on your own.

Take care,


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