From handling fish suspiciously, to drinking too much in your local pub, here are 10 surprising laws that still exist across the UK today.
1. Wearing naval fancy dress
According to the ‘Seamen’s and Soldiers’ False Characters Act 1906’, no one in the UK is allowed to dress up as a member of the naval military and marine forces.
2. Taking a whale’s head from a beach
All whales found on the coast are property of the Crown. This was apparently written to ensure the Queen had enough whalebone from her corsets. However, the Royal House is at liberty to turn down the offer of the animal remains.
3. Being drunk and in charge of a cattle
If you are found to be drunk and in charge of a cow in Scotland, then you could be jailed for up to 51 weeks or fined £200. It is illegal under the Licensing Act 1872 to be in charge of a carriage, horse, cow or steam engine.
4. Carrying a plank on the pavement
Under section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is illegal to carry a plank along a pavement.