City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 March, 2006, 12:00am

Activist gets jail term for spiderman stunt

British activist Matt Pearce, also known as Spiderman for his various stunts, has been sentenced to 21 days in jail for causing a public nuisance and disrupting traffic by protesting atop a giant video screen in Central. He said he would appeal and was granted bail of $2,000. Pearce, 30, dressed as Spiderman and climbed on to the screen at the junction of Theatre Lane on June 3 last year. He unfurled a banner reading: 'Tiananmen Square June 4th 1989: Justice Must Prevail', attracting a huge crowd. Traffic was disrupted for two hours when firefighters inflated a huge cushion.

Abalone seized after high-speed boat chase

Marine police arrested an alleged smuggler and seized 40 boxes of live abalone after intercepting a speedboat heading for the mainland near Ping Chau. Three police craft chased the speedboat that was travelling at high speed without navigation lights and a man, 34, was arrested.

Credit card forger jailed for five years

A 25-year-old was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to five charges in a counterfeit credit card scam. The District Court heard that police raided a flat in Cheung Sha Wan last September and arrested Chung Yat-yeung after seizing 27 counterfeit credit cards, 304 sets of credit card account numbers and equipment for making counterfeit credit cards.

Power proposals attract 400 responses

The Economic Development and Labour Bureau has received more than 400 responses to its proposals for the future of the electricity market, according to its secretary, Stephen Ip Shu-kwan. Since he appealed for submissions two weeks ago, 300 have been received. One hundred had already been submitted since January 1.