The Riot Act 300th Anniversary Thimble

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The 1715 'Riot Act' was an Act of Parliament that authorised civil authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled. The group would be committing a serious crime if they did not disperse within an hour of a magistrate 'Reading the Riot Act'. The act was originally passed to deal with the noisy street gatherings held to object to the unpopular new German King George I. The term is still used today, but more in association with someone telling someone off in jest than in legal terms.

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The 1715 'Riot Act' was an Act of Parliament that authorised civil authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled. The group would be committing a serious crime if they did not disperse within an hour of a magistrate 'Reading the Riot Act'. The act was originally passed to deal with the noisy street gatherings held to object to the unpopular new German King George I. The term is still used today, but more in association with someone telling someone off in jest than in legal terms.