Firefighters rescue woman after husband starts blaze in flat
A woman clung to a third-floor window grille and screamed for help for about 10 minutes yesterday until she was rescued by firefighters after her husband started a fire in their Wan Chai flat. The woman, 42, climbed out of the Jaffe Road flat when her husband, 36, torched a sheet, pillow, cushions and papers at 12.10pm following a dispute, police said. He took the burning sheet and cushion out of the flat before fleeing. Police were looking for the husband. The woman was treated for smoke inhalation at Ruttonjee Hospital. A policeman suffered minor injuries.
Police subdue drink-driver
Police used pepper spray to subdue an alleged drink-driver after they stopped his car in Lam Tin. The car was seen swerving in Lei Yue Mun Road before being stopped at about 1am. The driver, 31, scuffled with police when asked to take a breathalyser test and pepper spray was used on him. Police said the man later failed the test. A constable was slightly injured and treated at United Christian Hospital.
Accountants to verify theft claims
The High Court appointed two senior representatives of global accounting firm KPMG to verify claims from clients of Man Lung Hong Securities after one of its brokers was charged on Tuesday with stealing HK$16 million from 16 clients between 2000 and last month. Broker Ip Shu-kun, 61, released on bail, did not enter a plea on a theft charge and is expected to return to court on December 24.
PLA vehicles in crash
Two People's Liberation Army vehicles and two other cars collided on the Tolo Highway, Tai Po, at about 12.30am. One of the cars switched lanes, causing the pile-up. No one was injured.
Cyclist critical after accident
A 15-year-old cyclist was fighting for his life after he was knocked down by a car at the junction of Nam Wan Road and Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, at about 7.30pm. He was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with severe head wounds and was in a critical condition last night. Police said the 25-year-old driver passed a breathalyser test.
Taxi drivers want fare rise
New Territories taxi drivers have submitted a proposal to transport officials to charge HK$1 more per journey in the face of surging LPG costs. Taxi and Public Light Bus Concern Group chairman Lai Ming-hung said all 2,800 drivers in the New Territories supported the plan.