s.4 Vagrancy Act 1824 (being found on enclosed premises for an unlawful purpose)
The big idea
Why does this matter?
It is an archaic law creating an offence that appears to be being increasingly used by the police and CPS when they are short on evidence. It is also extremely wordy and has been modified numerous times, making it almost unintelligible. It is ‘an act for the punishment of idle and disorderly persons and rogues and vagabonds in England’. If we really need such an offence, the statute should at least be cleaned up to make it relevant to the modern world.