25 Weird British Laws You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Since they’ve been around for hundreds of years, it makes sense Britain would have a few weird laws. Of course, when they don’t revoke old laws still on the books, it creates a headache for everyone. Lawyers, judges, and politicians have to sift through tons of antiquated laws, and citizens potentially could be penalized for it. While some of these laws have been removed, you might be surprised to hear many others have not. Curious to hear more? Here are 25 Weird British Laws You Won’t Believe Actually Exist.

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Thanks to Prerogativa Regis 1322, all whales and sturgeons found in the United Kingdom belong to the Crown.

whalesSource: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/law/news/2016/10-strangest-laws.aspx
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Under an 1839 law, it is illegal to knock on someone's door and walk away. That includes ringing a doorbell without excuse.

doorbellSource: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/laws-uk-weird-door-knock-12755849
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According to the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it's illegal to be drunk at a bar or "keeper of a public house to permit drunkenness on premises."

pubSource: https://metro.co.uk/2015/06/08/10-odd-british-laws-you-have-probably-broken-by-accident-5235672/
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Until 1976, the UK had a law that required all cars to carry at least one bale of hay. It was initially written for horse drawn carriages.

haySource: http://www.southamptontaxis.org/blog/94/Do-taxi-drivers-need-to-carry-a-bale-of-hay-in-their-boot-by-law
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If you're planning a home improvement project that requires wood planks and you live in London, just remember it's illegal to carry planks across pavement. Good luck!

woodSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1248352/Carrying-plank-public-Youre-nicked-The-little-known-laws-daft-theyre-criminal.html


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