SEVEN ARRESTED OVER $20M MORTGAGE SCAM
Commercial Crime Bureau officers arrested six men and a woman yesterday for conspiring to defraud five banks of $20 million. Police said a property development company had conspired with a number of alleged home buyers to engage in false transactions and obtain mortgages worth $20 million from the five banks. The suspects, aged between 41 and 63, are being held for further enquiries.
DECOMPOSED BODY OF BABY FOUND OFF HENG FA CHUEN
Police have appealed for information after the decomposed body of a baby boy was found floating off Heng Fa Chuen. The baby is believed to have been less than three months old and a post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to call 2803 6157.
Pickpockets' bid to stop accomplice's arrest fails
Four pickpockets scuffled with an off-duty policeman in an effort to rescue an accomplice arrested by the officer for stealing a wallet in Mongkok yesterday. The four fled after their attempt failed. A 53-year-old man was arrested after stealing a wallet containing $3,000 from a mainland visitor inside a shopping mall on Prince Edward Road West at about 12.30pm. The constable suffered injuries to his back and legs.
Drink driver arrested after hitting pedestrian
A drink driver was arrested after his car knocked down a pedestrian at a junction in Mongkok yesterday morning. The motorist, 30, failed a breathalyser test after his car hit the 46-year-old man at the junction of Reclamation Street and Argyle Street just after 5.30am. The pedestrian was treated for head injuries at Kwong Wah Hospital.
Man fights off robbery attempt by four people
A man fought off four robbers who tried to snatch his bag outside Cheung Sha Wan wholesale fish market yesterday. The 42-year-old man was clubbed with a metal bar outside the Yen Chow Street market after he got out of his lorry at about 4.30am. He struggled and shouted for help, forcing the gang to flee.