New section 66E of the 1998 Act: Failure to comply with the conditions
355.New section 66E provides that if the offender fails without reasonable excuse to comply with the conditions attached to the conditional caution he or she may be prosecuted for the offence. If proceedings are commenced the document referred to in new section 66B(6) is admissible in evidence, and the conditional caution ceases to have effect.
356.New section 66E(4) and (5) apply section 24A of the 2003 Act with the necessary modifications. Section 24A confers on a constable a power of arrest without warrant where an offender is suspected of having breached the conditions of a conditional caution without reasonable excuse; this is in order to enable a quicker, more effective means of facilitating prosecution for the original offence