77-year-old hurt in chopper attack
A 77-year-old woman was in critical condition in hospital after being assaulted with a chopper in an old people's home in Sheung Shui yesterday. Police arrested a 68-year-old man in connection with the attack in Tin Ping Estate. He suffered a neck injury and was in stable condition in hospital. A female employee called police at about 6.45am.
Scare for East Rail passengers
About 500 commuters were evacuated from an East Rail train at the Tai Po Market station because of a short circuit. Smoke was seen coming from the bottom of a carriage but there was no fire. No one was injured.
Call for commuter subsidy
The Taxation Institute says the size of the government's budget surplus means it can afford to spend HK$5 billion subsidising commuters' journeys. Yvonne Law Shing Mo-han, chairwoman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants' taxation committee, said on a radio programme that the surplus this year was expected to exceed HK$100 billion.
Five held on extortion charge
Three policemen disguised as street vendors in Yau Ma Tei faced demands for protection money during a month-long undercover operation against an extortion gang. The agents were intimidated and the extortionists caused trouble at their stalls when they refused to pay, according to police. On Friday, police arrested five people, including a 14-year-old boy, in Temple Market and Nanking streets.
Lamma fire burns for four hours
Firefighters tackled a hill fire at Pak Chau Wan on Lamma Island for 41/2 hours. The fire started at 4pm and at one point an area of up to 90,000 square metres was ablaze. It was put out at 8.30pm. Officers were still investigating the cause.
Alan Leong threat case adjourned
An unemployed man with a record of mental illness entered no plea at Kwun Tong Court to a charge of intimidating Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit by sending him a threatening letter containing a cutter blade. Lee Man-kit, 32, faced a single count of criminal intimidation. The case was adjourned to January 18, pending psychiatric reports. The letter warned Leong against 'inciting' people.
Six treated after chlorine scare
The smell of chlorine used to clean a swimming pool sent six people to hospital and caused the evacuation of 60 people from a private housing estate in Deep Water Bay Road, Aberdeen. Residents were allowed back after two hours.