The weird and wonderful laws you can still be arrested for

Don't walk into the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour...

The weird and wonderful laws you can still be arrested for

This year a number of new laws are set to come into force which will largely affect smokers, parents and car owners.

On March 1, a new regulation will affect the sale of backless booster seats for small children, and in April the minimum wage is going up, but so is the amount you could pay in car tax.

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See also: Could you be breaking one of these bizarre and little-known laws?

While we get our heads round all the new regulations, let's take a look back at some unusual and out-dated laws which have never been repealed.

Technically, you could still be arrested for some of these:

Knocking on a door and legging it

Seen by many as a harmless children's game, knocking on someone's door and running away is actually illegal under the 1839 law.

It makes it an offence to "wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any door-bell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse".

Getting your windows cleaned or painted

It is illegal to order or permit any servant to stand on the sill of any window to clean or paint it.

Celebrating Easter at different times each year

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The Easter Act 1928 says that, in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, Easter Day shall be a fixed day in each year on the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April.

The Act has been on the statute book for 62 years but has never been enacted.

Not telling a taxi driver you've got the lurgy

In London, it is illegal for a person (knowingly) with the plague to flag down a taxi or try and ride on a bus.

The law prohibits any person who knows they have a notifiable disease (including the plague) from entering any form of public conveyance (taxi) without first telling the driver of the conveyance.

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Turning up at Parliament in the wrong kind of suit

As of 1313, it has been illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Shaking your rug in London

As of 1839, it's been against the law to beat or shake any carpet or rug in the street in London. You can shake your doormat, however, but only before 8am in the morning.

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Causing a nuclear meltdown

Quite rightly it is illegal under the terms of the Prohibition and Inspections Act of 1998 to cause a nuclear explosion.

Acting a bit fishy with some salmon

It's illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances, according to the Salmon Act of 1986.

While this is clearly related to selling fish gained through illicit means, the law is oddly broad in its wording.

Setting an alarm without leaving a key nearby

It is an offence under a provision of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 to leave your property with a burglar alarm activated, unless you have named a "key-holder" responsible for shutting it off if you are away.

Beeping your car horn in anger

It is a commonly-held belief that a horn should not be sounded when stationary on a road at any time, other than at times of danger due to another vehicle on or near the road.

But, in fact, the law says: "A horn should only be used when warning someone of danger, not to indicate your annoyance at a manner of driving" ... whether or not the car is parked.

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Mirrorpix

Jumping the queue when buying a tube ticket

Under the terms of a bye-law, it is illegal to "jump" the queue in the tube ticket hall.

Any person directed by a notice to queue (or when asked to queue by an authorised person) shall join the rear of the queue and obey the reasonable instructions of any authorised person.


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