Nightwalker statutes were English statutes, before modern policing, allowing or requiring night watchmen to arrest those found on the streets and hold them until morning. Foremost among them was the Statute of Winchester of 1285 and re-adopted or amended several times until its repeal in 1827 that stated "if any stranger do pass by them, he shall be arrested until morning." Such power was interpreted to extend not only to the watchmen themselves, but also to assistants, and allowed the arrest and detention of all persons.
- Village lock-up
- Hue and cry
- Policing in the United Kingdom
- Security officer
- Watchman (law enforcement)
- Atwater v. Lago Vista 532 US 318 (2001)
- Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne; Raithby, John (1810). Nightwalker Statute 1285 [13 Edw. I. - A.D. 1285 Chapter IV]. HaithTrust. The Statutes of the Realm: Printed by Command of His Majesty King George the Third; in pursuance of an Address of the House of Commons of Great Britain. I. London, Great Britain: Dawson of Pall Mall. p. 97. OCLC 426777557.
- 4 Blackstone 289[full citation needed]