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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 12:00am

Police powerless as coffins appear at estate

Residents of Lai Wan Gardens in Kwai Chung called police after coffins appeared outside a first-floor flat under a banner welcoming people to browse.

However, police were unable to intervene as no offence had been committed. The incident was apparently sparked when the flat's new leaseholder tried to turn it into a home for the elderly. However, residents and building management objected and the matter was taken to court, where it was ruled the flat could be used as a godown.

masked man bags $250,000 in one-minute robbery

A masked man escaped with about $250,000 in a one-minute robbery from Standard Chartered Bank in Sha Tin after threatening staff with what appeared to be a pistol. The robber, wearing a shirt and tie, forced all 12 staff to squat down in the Shan Mei Street bank at 1pm before snatching the money, according to police. He then fled on foot. Heavily armed officers wearing bullet-proof vests mounted a search but found no trace of the robber, thought to be aged about 30 and of a thin build. Officers are investigating a possible link to another bank robbery that happened in Tsuen Wan on June 3. Police said the manner of the two crimes was similar.

pair beat taxi passenger before stealing $10,000

A 31-year-old man was robbed of a bag containing $10,000 after being dragged out of a taxi and then punched and kicked in an attack by two robbers in Mongkok. The victim was attacked after he left an establishment on Shanghai Street near the junction of Shantung Street just before 6am. The two attackers fled with the bag before police arrived. The victim was treated for facial and head injuries at Kwong Wah Hospital.

elderly pedestrian killed

A 74-year-old woman died after being knocked down by a minibus in Kwun Tong. The victim was trapped and had to be freed by firemen after being hit by the vehicle at the junction of Mut Wah Street and Fu Yan Street at 4pm. She was declared dead at United Christian Hospital.

five held in drugs raid

Police arrested five suspected drug dealers and seized $17,000 worth of rave-party drugs including Ecstasy and ketamine during a raid on a disco in Mongkok Road, Mongkok, between 3am and 5am. The five men, aged between 24 and 42, were being held for questioning in Mongkok police station.

woman hurt in bus crash

A woman passenger suffered head injuries when she fell on to the floor of a minibus that crashed into the back of a bus in Ma Tau Kok Road in Kowloon City during a heavy downpour at 7.30 pm. The woman, aged about 25, was treated for injuries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

kindergartens on web

Bilingual profiles on the city's kindergartens have been made available on a web page posted by the Education and Manpower Bureau and the Committee on Home-School Co-operation. Hard copies will be available from August 15. Visit