City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 March, 2007, 12:00am

Park patrols stepped up over fears of cruelty

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it had stepped up patrols at Kam Shan Country Park after allegations that monkeys were being tortured. The department had received four reports from the public that injuries on monkeys might have been caused by human cruelty. It found 32 of about 1,000 wild monkeys had injuries or some form of disability. But it found no evidence of cruelty. A spokesman said monkeys were frequently injured in fighting among clans.

Six men held as officers seize HK$1m of illicit fuel

About 240,000 litres of illicit diesel fuel worth HK$1 million was seized and six men arrested when customs officers intercepted a mainland-bound fishing boat and an oil barge off Shek Kwu Chau. The fishing vessel was heading for the mainland after transferring more than 40,000 litres of diesel from the barge. The two vessels, worth about HK$3 million, were impounded. Two Hong Kong men and four mainlanders are being held for questioning.

Three mainland women jailed for fake marriages

Three mainland women involved in bogus marriages were given jail sentences of 12 to 16 months after appearing in Sha Tin Court yesterday. Zheng Shaoqun, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of making false representation to an immigration officer and was jailed 16 months. Chu Shaoli, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of making false representation to an immigration officer. She was sentenced to a year in jail on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently. Zheng Seying, 44, who also pleaded guilty to the same charges as Chu, was jailed for a year.

Two held over sales of suspected stolen phones

Two men aged 28 and 35, owners of electrical appliance shops in Nanking Street and Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, were arrested on suspicion of selling stolen mobile phones when police raided their shops at about 4.15pm. Handsets, believed to be part of a HK$150,000 haul of stock stolen from a Mei Foo Sun Chuen shop in December, was seized. On March 6 police arrested two other men believed to be part of the gang.

Beautician denies breast-gel charges

A 52-year-old beauty salon operator pleaded not guilty in Eastern Court to three charges of falsely claiming that the breast enhancement gel she sold was registered with the Department of Health. In an undercover customs operation on April 13, Wong Wan-ki showed four brochures to a female officer in her Causeway Bay salon, claiming the breast gel, known as PAAG, was approved by the department and had a registration code. Officers found 54 bottles of the gel with the false trade description. A trial is scheduled on June 1.

Mainland worker dies in fall from container

A mainland worker died after falling about six metres from a moving container on board a cargo vessel in Kwun Tong. The man, 31, standing on top of the container, lost his balance and fell off as it was being lifted from the vessel to another boat off the Cha Kwo Ling Road cargo handling area at 10.35am.

Seven ill with norovirus

Six female patients and a staff member in a medicine and geriatric ward in Kwong Wah Hospital were confirmed to have been infected by Norovirus. Their symptoms began on March 9. All were in stable condition.