Police arrest 14 in raid on triad gambling den
Police arrested 14 people in a raid on a triad-controlled gambling den in Yuen Long with a daily turnover of HK$1 million. Officers said the three men and 11 women, aged 34 to 82, were playing baccarat on the internet when they raided the Yu King Square flat at about 10pm on Wednesday. About HK$112,000 in cash and betting chips, two computers and two account books were seized from the gambling den, which police said had been operating for two to three months.
Obscenity law already tough enough, groups say
Existing regulations governing the classification and distribution of sex-related material were stringent and there was no need for the government's proposed amendments to the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance, more than 10 organisations representing independent news media, rights advocacy groups and sex workers told the government yesterday. The amendments, for which a second round of public consultation ends on Sunday, would make the law even more conservative and would endanger freedom of speech and publication, they say in a written submission to the government.
Cat burglar clings to pipe on 10th floor for 2 hours
A Guizhou man was arrested for attempted burglary after a two-hour stand-off with police and firemen during which he clung to an external water pipe on the tenth floor of a Hung Hom building. Police were called when a resident of the Wuhu Street building spotted the man climbing the outside of the building shortly before 2am. The man, holder of a two-way permit, finally surrendered to police and was brought to safety.