Under an 1839 law, it is illegal to knock on someone’s door and walk away. That includes ringing a doorbell without excuse.
According to Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 “every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises” could face a £200 fine.
Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “roll or carry any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, showboard, or placard, upon any footway, except for the purpose of loading or unloading any cart or carriage, or of crossing the footway”.
According to Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 it is illegal “to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances”.
Residents on a new development in Beverley, East Yorkshire, are subject to a “restrictive covenant” which bans them from hanging out the washing or airing clothes outside.
The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers […] in any street”.
Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, has a fine of up to £100 for dog walkers caught without a poop bag.
Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to beat a doormat in the street after 8am. Beating your carpet at any time of day could mean a £500 fine.
All beached whales and sturgeons must be offered to the Reigning Monarch.
No person shall, in the course of a business, import into England, potatoes which he knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, are from Poland