In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2007, 12:00am

Football fans queue for tickets

More than 1,000 fans were queuing outside Hong Kong Stadium late last night to buy tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy, in which South China and top-flight England clubs Liverpool, Portsmouth and Fulham will participate. A total of 22,000 tickets for each of the two days of competition - July 24 and 27 - go on sale today.

23 arrested in vice raids

Police and immigration officers arrested seven local men and 16 suspected mainland prostitutes in a 91/2-hour vice crackdown that ended at 2.30am yesterday. Officers raided a number of premises, including brothels and hotels. The seven men, aged between 19 and 52, were accused of managing vice establishments. The 16 women, aged between 19 an 38, were arrested for breaching their conditions of stay.

5 hurt in karaoke attack

Police arrested two men after two workers and three male patrons were assaulted by a gang in a karaoke lounge in Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, at about 2.30am. The other attackers had fled before police officer arrived. The two men, both 24, were being held for questioning. The five male victims, aged 24 to 42, were treated for minor injuries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Driver held for smuggling

A 37-year-old truck driver was arrested on his way to Shenzhen after HK$1.8 million worth of smuggled computer hardware was found in a false compartment in his container truck's fuel tank at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint on Thursday. He was released on bail.

Arson probe after ship fire

Firefighters were called to a fire on a cargo ship at the Kwai Chung container port at about 5am. Investigators said the blaze was suspicious.