Police force gets new deputy commissioner
Tsang Wai-hung, the police force's director of operations, will be promoted to deputy commissioner (management), the government said yesterday. Mr Tsang, 49, will assume the post on January 7. He will replace Fung Siu-yuen, who will retire after 35 years. Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Henrique Koo Sii-hong will also be promoted to senior assistant commissioner. Chief superintendents Austin Kerrigan and Bill Suen Kwai-leung will be assistant commissioners.
5 held over stolen cars
Five men aged 27 to 41 were arrested in Kwai Chung and Mei Foo on Thursday on the suspicion that they were involved in a car-stealing syndicate. Five vehicles, which police believe were stolen in Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun and then held to ransom from their owners, were also seized.
Motorcyclist hurt in crash
A motorcyclist, 45, surnamed Chan was seriously injured when his bike ran into the back of a car in Chatham Road North, Hung Hom, at about 11am. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in serious condition.
Pupils get food poisoning
Seven Primary Three pupils fell ill with suspected food poisoning after a Christmas party at Tai Po Kau Primary School. They were treated at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and discharged.
Flu vaccination extended
The Health Department will extend the influenza vaccination programme to allow those eligible more time to receive free vaccinations. The department said the programme would continue until the remaining 76,000 doses of vaccine had been used. About 224,000 doses have been administered since the programme began last month.
Norovirus warning issued
The Centre for Health Protection reminded the public and institutions to maintain strict hygiene after seven outbreaks of noroviral gastroenteritis this month. A spokesman said six out of the seven cases occurred in homes for the elderly and involved 30 people. Norovirus infection can be transmitted via food, water, vomit, faeces or any objects contaminated with the virus. People should wash their hands before eating.
Broadcasting complaints down
The Broadcasting Authority received 254 complaints about television and radio broadcasting services last month, a decrease of 22 per cent on October. The broadcasts receiving the most complaints were a music video by Freeze (45 complaints), a television advertisement for Ronald McDonald House Charities (15) and a TV ad for Motorola V9 Mobile Phone (15).