A 'crime recordable offence' should not be confused with a 'crime reportable offence'.
The power for police to keep such records is contained in the National Police Records (Recordable Offences) Regulations 2000. This states that a 'crime recordable offence' is an offence which MUST be recorded as a conviction on the PNC.
Recordable offences include any offence punishable by imprisonment, plus a number of non-imprisonable offences, such as:
- nuisance communications (phone calls, letters)
- tampering with motor vehicles
- firearms, air weapons, knives
- football offences
- causing harm or danger to children
- failing to provide a specimen of breath, and
- taking a pedal cycle without owner's consent
A full, lengthy, list of recordable offences is available, provided by ACPO as an Appendix to their Retention Guidelines for Nominal Records on the Police National Computer. They are also available from 
Further police powers
- Recordable Offences - Statutelaw.gov.uk
- Official text of the Recordable offence as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
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