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Weird and Wonderful - The UK's Strangest Laws

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The Service Care Legal division are a team fascinated by all things strange and wonderful, so in line with us working within the Legal sector every day, we thought we would share 10 of our favourite pieces of legislation that still exist in the UK. Let us know your favourite, and if there are any others that you think we have missed!

1. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and asks to use the toilet, you are obliged to let them use it
2. Since 1839, in London it has been illegal to beat your doormat out in the street after 8.00am
3. The Salmon Act of 1986 forbids any UK citizen to "handle salmon in suspicious circumstances” – take that how you wish
4. Under section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is a crime to walk down the streets of London carrying a plank of wood
5. The Polish Potato Order of 2004 makes it illegal for an English business to import potatoes that have been (or suspected to be) imported from Poland
6. In London, you can expect a £500 fine if you fly a kite to the annoyance of nearby inhabitants or passengers
7. It is illegal to sing “Happy Birthday to you” in the public domain. Its copyright status expires in 2030
8. It is considered treason to put a stamp on an envelope upside down, which could lead to a life in prison
9. According to the 1847 Town Police Clauses Act, it is an offense to slide on ice or snow in the streets. This crime could lead to you being fined up to £500.
10. Under the Seamen’s and Soldiers’ False Characters Act of 1906, it is illegal to attend a fancy dress party dressed as a Sailor. You can expect up to 3 months in prison.

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