Samaritans catch mugger
Two men chased and overpowered a 57-year-old man who punched a woman and snatched her bracelet yesterday in Wong Tai Sin. The 61-year-old victim was attacked mid-morning at a bus stop outside Wing Tung House, on Tung Tau Estate. Her cries for help alerted the two passersby, aged 46 and 60, who subdued the suspect and called police. The suspect was still being questioned last night.
Firm fined over fatality
Magistrate John Glass, in Tsuen Wan Court, fined Goldenwall Engineering HK$15,000 for failing to ensure plant or substances kept at its premises were safe. The prosecution was launched by the Labour Department after a security guard was killed after being crushed by a falling gate in Tung Chung in August last year. The crime is punishable by a fine of up to HK$200,000 and up to six months' imprisonment.
New Japanese encephalitis case
A 15-year-old Kwai Chung boy has been confirmed with having Japanese encephalitis. The Centre for Health Protection believes the case, the second this year, was imported. The boy developed symptoms on August 13 and was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital two days later. He was discharged on August 24. He had been on a tour to Guizhou province from July 23 to 29. The centre is searching for others on the tour.
11 hurt in four-vehicle accident
Eleven people, including a 13-year-old boy, were hurt when four vehicles collided at the junction of New Clear Water Bay Road and Clear Water Bay Road in Choi Hung. The crash involved a KMB bus, a minibus, a cement truck and a car. All but one of the victims had been discharged from hospital last night.
Lifeguard saves elderly swimmer
An 85-year-old woman almost drowned in a swimming pool at Taikoo Shing. A lifeguard rescued her at about 7am. She was taken unconscious to hospital, where she was in a stable condition last night.
Copy paper fells 864,000 trees
Hong Kong companies used 36,000 metric tonnes of copy paper last year, the equivalent of 864,000 trees, a Productivity Council survey revealed. Researchers interviewed 501 office managers for the study, which revealed that the average company used 160kg of copy paper a year, coming from 3.9 trees. The finance, real estate, insurance, and business services sectors were the biggest culprits, with 18 per cent of total use.
There was no winner of the first prize in last night's draw. The winning numbers were 6, 28, 38, 44, 45 and 49. The extra number was 34. Four tickets won the second prize of HK$528,615. Third prize paid HK$35,685.