Firemen come to rescue of police trapped in slope chase

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 12:00am

A team of police officers had to be rescued by firefighters last night after chasing a suspected robber up a steep slope in Happy Valley and becoming trapped.

The taskforce had been engaged in an operation to solve a series of robberies and burglaries in the area in recent months.

A police spokesman said members of the taskforce spotted a man acting suspiciously in Celeste Court at about 6pm.

When they approached him, he climbed a steep slope behind Village Terrace and set fire to a pile of rubbish in an attempt to stop the officers from following.

Nevertheless, the six officers chased the suspect up the slope and eventually caught him. After a brief struggle the officers arrested the man.

However, they found themselves trapped about 50 metres above the ground. They also were hampered by the fire the suspect had lit.

A senior policeman said firefighters were called in because of the risk facing the officers.

He said it was a 70-degree slope and posed a hazard for the officers to climb down, especially with a 'violent' suspect. Firemen equipped with ropes led the officers to safety after about an hour.

A police spokesman said a constable suffered arm injuries in the struggle. The constable was later taken to Tang Shiu Kin Hospital but was allowed to leave after treatment.

Police said the suspect, an illegal immigrant, was being detained for questioning at Happy Valley police station.