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Woman Banned from Knocking on Doors


Two-month suspended jail sentence for persistent door knocking

Door knocking image by Greentellect Studio (via Shutterstock).

A door knocker. Image by Greentellect Studio (via Shutterstock).

Do you remember playing Knock A Door Run? In this game, you tried to knock on as many doors without being caught. It is a prank which dates from the Victorian times. It is also known as Knock Down Ginger and (in North America) Nicky Nicky Nine Doors. Persistent door knocking can land you in trouble, and this happened to Claire Bowden of Shifnal, Shropshire.

At Telford County Court, Ms. Bowden was given a two-month suspended jail sentence for ‘persistently knocking’ on doors. This was following the breach of a banning order for previous offences.

In many cases, few people report Knock A Door Run pranksters. As this comes under trespassing laws, it is a civil matter rather than a criminal one. Persistent door knocking can be a criminal offence under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. Under the Act, you could be sentenced for up to 14 days in prison if you “wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant, by pulling or ringing any door bell, or knocking at any door”.

Who would have thought that door knockers would cause such trouble?

Doors in Colchester, 08 February 2017.