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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! If there’s one thing the world knows the UK loves, it’s traditions. Whether it’s the 17th-century oddities we see during a day’s parliamentary proceedings, the trooping of the colour and changing of the guard ceremonies, or even the firm adherence to the maintenance of a Royal family, it’s part of the reason tourists across the world flock to the United Kingdom to see the traditions for themselves. So, while some things remain the same and others change, among our thousands of laws still in place, there are some that are just odd and some that hark back to a time gone by that seem to have been forgotten about. And by old laws, we don’t mean the recently infamous Section 61 of the Magna Carta Act that was used by some to try to evade the coronavirus rules. That one conferred rights to 25 barons to “assail the monarch” and, in any case, was never enacted. The weirdest and wackiest of these laws cover everything from suspicious handling of fish to setting off a nuclear weapon. We bet there’s at least one you’ve probably broken. Here are 16 of our favourites. Don’t drink and drive a cow Some cows, recently. (Image: DC Media) We all know that drink driving motor vehicles is something that will, if caught, get you facing the full force of the law. But it’s not just motor vehicles that can get you into bother. The Licensing act of 1872 makes it illegal to be "drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle or steam engine". Drinking and shooting is also a no-no as the law also refers to "illegal to be drunk when in possession of a loaded firearm". Taking your cow for a midnight stroll It's still illegal to drive cattle in the streets after 7pm. (Image: Richard Austin) Cows were clearly a hot topic in Victorian times. Not only are you banned from operating your cow after you’ve had a few, there’s also a law that bans you from driving cattle through the streets after 7pm. The law, from the Metropolitan Streets Act 1867, says that it is "an offence to drive cattle in the streets between 7 pm and 10 am without the express permission of the Commissioner of Police". Playing ‘Knock Knock Ginger’ It’s a law that has turned many of us into childhood criminals in an instant. Knocking on a door and legging it while sniggering to your mates is actually illegal. A law from 1839 makes it illegal to "wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse". You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. Setting off a nuke It's illegal to set off a nuclear weapon. (Image: The Herald archive) While not an ancient law, we trust that if you are reading this while in possession of a nuclear weapon, you’ll think twice before setting it off once we tell you that it’s illegal. Probably rightly. The Prohibition and Inspections Act of 1998 makes it specifically illegal to cause a nuclear explosion. Drying your washing on the street A woman hanging her washing up with pegs (Image: Jeremy Pardoe) The Victorians loved their laws. We already know we’re not allowed to ride a cow while drunk, but you also can’t turn your street into a washing line. In fact, you can’t fly a kite or beat your carpet on a street either. The Town Police Clauses Act 1847 makes it illegal to hang washed garments, beat carpets or fly kites on public streets. Setting a burglar alarm without having a named key-holder We’ve all had those instances where the alarm on a nearby building has gone off. But did you know that by law, any building with an activated burglar alarm is required to have a named key-holder responsible for shutting it off if you’re absent? Section 71 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it illegal to set an alarm without a nominated keyholder. The owner of the building must tell their local authority in writing of the name, address and telephone number of their nominated key holder. Angrily beeping your horn Letting off your horn in a traffic jam will see you becoming an unwitting criminal. - file image. If knocking on people’s doors and running away didn’t make us childhood criminals, one thing certainly does for many of us in adulthood. Now, some of us believe that you shouldn’t use your car horn when stationary on a road at any time, other than in times of danger due to another vehicle on or near the road. The law governing their use, however, actually says that “a horn should only be used when warning someone of danger, not to indicate your annoyance at a manner of driving” and does not govern whether you do it while moving or stationary. Have a pigsty at the front of your house You can only keep pigs at the front of your property if their sty is hidden away. (Image: Ian Cooper) The Town Police Clauses Act really got to the nitty-gritty of the cause of much social ills of the day. Not satisfied with dealing with the wanton miscreants that decide to hang their washing across the street or fly a kite, they also made sure they couldn’t keep pigs in their front gardens. That’s because the law made it illegal to keep a pigsty at the front of a property unless it’s hidden away. Carrying a plank on a pavement Section 39 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence for any person to carry a plank among the pavement. It’s clearly a law no one told Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper about. The potential offence extends beyond just hoops. That’s because the law says “it is an offence for any person to roll or carry any cask, tub, hoop, wheel, ladder, plank, pole, snowboard or placard upon any footway, except for the purposes of loading or unloading any cart or carriage or of crossing the footway”. Catch public transport with the plague It's illegal to not tell the driver if you have any transmissable disease before boarding a bus or taxi, including the bubonic plague.
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. Despite the fact it was several hundred years ago, to this day it is illegal to enter a taxi (or other public transport) while knowingly having the plague. Indeed the law to this day extends to any notifiable disease, including the plague, which it specifically includes. That’s because the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 makes it illegal for someone to enter a public conveyance (taxi) without notifying the driver of any transmissible ailment, such as a cold, flu, coronavirus or plague. It allows the taxi driver to refuse you entry to their cab if a prospected customer fails to notify them of any ailment. Once more, the same goes for buses if they have more than one passenger on board. Wearing Armour in Parliament
In Parliament, you're not allowed to refer to another MP by name, use unparliamentary language....or wear armour.
While our MPs sure love their suits, there’s one suit they’re not allowed to wear - a suit of armour. Probably one of the oldest laws in our motley array of the weird, wacky and absurd, the Statute forbidding Bearing of Armour 1313 was an act enacted by King Edward II to try and keep his nobility in line. More specifically, stop them from threatening the use of armed force to put pressure on him to act in a specific way whenever he assembled a Parliament. While there’s no evidence that anyone’s ever been prosecuted for the offence, it’s believed that the Earl of Lancaster, like a true rebel, turned up in his shiny suit until at least 1319. It’s a shame it’s illegal, it would make Prime Minister’s Questions far more lively.
Not offering the Queen a beached whale Here’s one to confuse you. By virtue of the Prerogitiva Regis 1322, all whales and sturgeons (fish, not Scottish First Ministers), in the UK belong to The Queen, or whoever is the monarch at the time. So, if one is killed, you have to offer it to Her Majesty. However, one man who did the right thing in 2004 by following this ancient law found himself in hot water. A Mr Robert Davies caught a 9lb sturgeon off of the coast of Wales which, in accordance with the 1322 act, he offered to the Queen, receiving notice that she was happy for him to dispose of the fish as he saw fit. Shortly after, he found himself subject to a short criminal investigation as sturgeon are a protected species, meaning it’s illegal to deliberately catch or kill them. The famous dead sturgeon, named Stanley by the media, is now a museum artefact and you can go and see him at the Natural History Museum in London. Allow your pet to get jiggy with one of the Queen’s corgis
Allowing your pet to enjoy the pleasure of the Queen's corgis company will see a punishment greater than releasing the hounds.
Here's a law sure to get you barking mad - to this day, it’s still illegal to allow your pet to mate with a pet from the Royal household. The original penalty for this crime was losing the attachment of your head, as you’d be executed. However, while the law preventing a corgi commoner cross breed still exists, the abolition of the death penalty in 1965 means you’re not likely to receive a neck-level loss.
Gettin’ fishy with it From jiggy to fishy, a more recent law makes it illegal to “handle salmon in suspicious circumstances”. Yes, you read that right and don’t need to visit Barnard Castle to make sure your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The Salmon Act of 1986 makes it illegal to “handle salmon in suspicious circumstances”. While clearly an attempt to stop the illicit trade of fish, the broad definition of the offence could mean if you get caught inappropriately fish-fingering it’s a slippery slope. Doodling on a fiver
Scribbling on money could cost you a quid.
Drawing a moustache or glasses on the picture of The Queen that’s on your money is strictly against the law with severe penalties stretching up to £1. The Currency and Bank Notes Act 1928 makes it illegal to deface any cash you have. Section 12 of the act says: “If any person prints or stamps, or by any defacing like means impresses, on any banknotes any words, letters, banknotes or figures, he shall in respect of each offence be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding one pound." Judging by the state we’ve all seen some banknotes in, it’s perhaps not surprising that it’s not been enforced in quite some time. Being drunk in a pub
Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 means places like the Barbican in Plymouth are a hotbed for lawlessness.
Now, if somehow you’ve lived your life free of the criminal horrors of door-knocking and running away, doodling on a fiver, manhandling fish, entering a taxi with the bubonic plague, allowing your pet to make friends with The Queen’s corgis, setting your burglar alarm without a keyholder, offered a beached whale to the Queen, drying your washing on the street, carrying a plank on a pavement, wearing armour in Parliament, drink driving a cow or setting off a nuclear weapon, here’s one law that will surely see your halo shatter into a thousand shards. It’s illegal to be drunk in a pub. Now, who’s the hardened criminal? Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 makes any person found drunk on any licensed premises to be liable to a penalty. The original intention of this law was to make sure the poor stayed sober as it was part of a wide package of rules designed to reduce consumption of alcohol and encourage sobriety in the poor. It’s still in effect to this day as one of a collection of rules prohibiting public drunkenness. We would suggest swapping the wine for water like a reverse messiah, but let’s face it, it’s too late now for all of us. We’ve all been there. Well, not as much in the last twelve months. But we will be.
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