In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2007, 12:00am

Smuggled cooking oil seized

Customs seized 30,000 litres of cooking oil on a fishing boat suspected of smuggling goods while in Hong Kong waters. Officers reported boarding the boat near mainland waters following a high-speed chase that began at 4pm on Friday near the Po Toi Islands. The customs launch pursued the boat after its captain ignored an order to stop.

Arson suspected in car fire

Police were investigating a suspected arson attack after a car was gutted in a blaze in Tuen Mun yesterday. Firemen were called to San Sau Street, Tseng Tau Chung Tsuen, at 4.27am by the car's owner. The vehicle was towed.

Van strikes pedestrian

A man, 23, was taken to hospital with head pains after he was hit by a van while crossing Hing Fong Road in Kwai Ching around 8.15pm on Friday. He was discharged from hospital. The driver passed a breathalyser test.

Plates fetch obscene prices

The foul Cantonese phrase represented by the letters 'PK' sold for HK$125,000 in an auction of personalised car plates. 'DS' attracted the highest bid - HK$700,000 - among the 198 other plates, followed by HK$370,000 for 'KC'. A total of HK$5.65 million was raised to fight poverty.

Hospital doctors seek review

Frontline public hospital doctors are calling for reviews to the hospital cluster system, saying it fails to allocate resources in a fair manner to 'second-tier' hospitals. Medical legislator Kwok Ka-Ki said there were 1.19 doctors for every 1,000 patients in central Kowloon, and 0.53 doctors per 1,000 patients in the New Territories.

Cyclist critically hurt in crash

A cyclist, 37, was in critical condition after being hit by a car in Tseung Kwan O. She was crossing a road near the Hau Tak Shopping Centre when the accident occurred, and suffered a severe head injury.