In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2008, 12:00am

23 arrested in immigration sweep

Immigration officers arrested 23 people on suspicion of working illegally and detained two employers in raids at 11 locations - factories, warehouses, restaurants and recycling plants. The 15 men and eight women, from the Philippines, Pakistan, India and Indonesia, held tourist visas or had entered Hong Kong illegally. Thirteen of the 23, all from the Philippines and holding tourist visas, were found at a factory in Kwan Tei, Fanling, where they were paid HK$70 a day for packaging work and sorting clothes.

Hygiene department cuts plastic-bag use

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, which bags domestic waste for dumping in landfills, reduced its use of plastic bags by 800,000 last year, to 4.5 million bags, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah told lawmakers. The department was trying out more environmentally friendly bags, including those made using recycled materials, he said. Mr Yau also said other government departments had been advised to reduce the use of plastic bags and to promote the use of bags made of greener materials.

Truck driver trapped in crash

Rescuers were early this morning desperately trying to free a man wedged in the cabin of his truck, which had plunged 15 metres down a slope off Clear Water Bay Road. The truck driver lost control last night and smashed into a taxi in the opposite lane. The crane truck crashed through a concrete barrier and fell down a forested slope near Ha Yeung. The taxi driver suffered only minor injuries.

Patrons hurt as pub smashed up

Four customers in a pub in Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, were injured by flying glass when a gang of five or six men carrying hammers smashed doors, television sets, computers and cabinets. Anti-triad police officers are investigating whether there had been a dispute between staff and customers.

Six held in food factory raids

Police and hygiene officers seized 355kg of food from two unlicensed food factories in Pak Sha Tsuen, Yuen Long, and arrested six people.