Man breaks obscure English laws, tried to get arrested

Lots of crazy fun laws still on the books in Blighty, though I'd hazard a guess that many of them have in fact been formally overturned or superceded.

Some, though, are new enough.

The Salmon Act 1986 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom, passed in 1986, which regulates salmon fishery. It is frequently cited in lists of absurd or unusual laws, since it contains a provision making it illegal to "handle salmon in suspicious circumstances". …

A part of the magic is the English fondness for vaguely- or obscurely-worded laws. Another way of putting it is that the role of law in England is not enforcement but prosecution.