How many times have people broken the law? These unusual UK laws could mean they did this without even realizing it
Britain is home to some of the most unusual laws left! How many times have UK residents broken the law despite some being so surprising they can’t get drunk in a pub
EM Law is a modern business law firm based in Shoreditch, London and has done extensive research into the weird and wonderful laws that still exist in the UK today.
Katie Mills, Executive Assistant at EM Law said: “It‘s It is noteworthy that some of these laws are still in force, especially since some of them are over 80 years old. Who would have thought it was still mandatory for taxi drivers to ask their passengers if they have smallpox or the plague!”
The results are unusual, so read on to find out how people may have broken the law without knowing it.
Flying a kite in a public place is technically illegal
A normally harmless and fairly common activity for families and friends in the summertime, flying a kite in a public place is technically illegal. Introduced by the Metropolitan Police Act in 1839, “Any person who flies a kite or plays a game to the annoyance of residents or passengers.” could face a fine of £500.
This law prohibits kite flying, which disturbs other people, but the problem with this is that it’s open to different interpretations of exactly what others consider to be disturbing others.
In England and Wales it is illegal to be found drunk in a pub or licensed establishment
In what may be a surprising piece of legislation, getting drunk in pubs or licensed venues is actually illegal in England and Wales. Section 12 of the License Act 1872 states: “Any person found intoxicated on a freeway or other public place, whether inside a building or not, or inside a licensed building.”
The law was amended in the Licensing (Amendment) Act 1988 to extend this ban to all public places – including pubs, clubs and even private homes where alcohol is sold.
Shaking carpets on the street is prohibited
People may need to shake out a carpet or rug to remove dirt or dust, but while this may seem harmless, it’s actually against the law to do so.
With the exception of doormats before 8:00 a.m., Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 prohibits beating or shaking carpets, rugs or mats.
It is not allowed to walk cows down the road in daylight
Only with the special permission of the police commissioner is someone allowed to walk with cows on the street between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in daylight.
The Metropolitan Streets Act 1867 states: “Any person driving or leading cattle contrary to this section shall be punished with a fine of not more than ten shillings for each head of cattle so driven or led.
Play Knock Knock Ginger
People who continue to play this game can be a big nuisance to local people. It is unlawful for”any person who willfully and willfully disturbs a resident by pulling or ringing a doorbell or knocking on a door without a legitimate excuse, or who willfully and unlawfully extinguishes the light of a lamp,‘ under the Metropolitan Police Act, 1839, Section 54, Part 16.
This prank where people knock on other people’s doors and then immediately run away is also known as Knock Down Ginger, Ding Dong Dash, and Knocky Knocky Nine Doors to name a few.
For more insight into some of the UK’s weirdest laws, visit here.
About EM law
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Starting out from a kitchen in Fulham, they now operate out of the White Collar Factory in Shoreditch. EM Law has worked closely with entrepreneurs for years, providing quality attorneys to improve the current standard of law firms across the country.
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