In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 March, 2008, 12:00am

Driving licence renewal simplified

Renewal of driving licences will become easier when a new method for identity verification is introduced on Monday. Instead of showing identity documents or an e-certificate, drivers applying for licence renewal will simply have to memorise a personal code printed on the renewal notice from the Transport Department.

Mainland cheats arrested

Police arrested six mainland visitors for trying to cheat a 61-year-old woman in a blessing scam outside a market on Tai Yuen Estate, Tai Po, at 9.30am. The two men and four women, aged between 48 and 60, had two-way permits. They were being held for questioning last night and no one had been charged.

Power off after cable damage

Power to six blocks on Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate was suspended between 1.20pm and 2.30pm after digging work damaged an underground cable. Firemen had to free two people from lifts.

Homes burn down

Six single-storey houses in Hang Tau, Sheung Shui, were destroyed when the electric pump of an aquarium burst into flames in one at 11.47pm on Thursday. More than 100 firemen and two fire engines fought the blaze and 30 villagers had to be evacuated. The fire was put out at 1.19am. No one was injured.

Nine hurt in road accident

Nine people suffered minor injuries when four trucks and a bus crashed in the New Territories-bound lane of Tuen Mun Road near the junction with So Kwu Wat Road, Tuen Mun, at 2.20pm. Five males and three females, including a boy and a girl, both six, were treated at Tuen Mun Hospital.

Passengers flee smoking minibus

A 74-year-old minibus driver and his eight passengers fled their vehicle when it began emitting smoke and then burst into flames in Cheung Wing Road, Kwai Chung. Firemen doused the flames. No one was injured.