Take a look at this site http://www.oldbaileyonline.org - put in something like theft in the 'Search Proceedings' on the right. Then read the cases and sentences. Amazing. 300 years ago, we hung people for stealing - it seems that 'burglary' was the thing they clamped down on then - you could steal and just get transportation - but if you 'broke in' they seem to opt for 'death'.
I found it hard to believe when reading some of the cases, that they weren't scripts from a poorly produced TV programme. Hard to believe the cases are actual transcripts.
So to recap - yep, I'm with you: SHIRT PULLING - public flogging DIVING - transportation to? (I'd favour Benidorm - what could be worse than that?) INTENTIONAL HANDBALL - death by hanging. INTENTIONAL HANDBALL INSIDE THE AREA (either way, as an attacker or a defender) - hung drawn and quartered.
Just call me Judge Jeffreys.....no, not the Sly Stone one....