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In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 September, 2008, 12:00am

HK$4.2m in fake goods seized

Customs officers at the Chek Lap Kok airport cargo terminal confiscated HK$4.2 million worth of counterfeit goods, including watches and mobile phones, in two consignments destined for Dubai and Pakistan. The seizure on Tuesday was the year's largest haul of counterfeit goods at the terminal. No one has been arrested.

Driver turns himself in

A driver abandoned his car after hitting a worker and crashing into the back of a truck at a roadwork site in Kwai Chung Road, Lai Chi Kok, at about 1am yesterday. The worker, 51, was in serious condition. A 39-year-old man later surrended to police and was arrested.

Tip-off leads to heroin arrest

A tip-off led police to arrest a 25-year-old man in Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, and seize heroin worth HK$12,000 at about 10pm on Thursday. The man was still being detained last night.

Suicide pact: mum dies, son lives

A woman, 77, died and her son, 38, was in serious condition in hospital after they took overdoses of diabetic medicine in a suicide pact in their flat on Hing Tin Estate, Lam Tin. Police said they left suicide notes saying they had suffered too much from illnesses.

Female pub employee attacked

Police arrested a man, 23, for assaulting a female employee at a pub in the Metro City shopping centre in Tseung Kwan O at about 3.30am. Officers were also looking for his male friend over the assault.

Sergeant not guilty of theft

Police sergeant Ng Chung-king, 46, was acquitted in Kowloon City Court of stealing a condom and chocolate in a Mannings store on April 30. He pleaded not guilty to a count of theft.

Four hurt in collision

Four people were injured in a collision between a minibus and car in Cape Collinson Road near the Chinese Permanent Cemetery.

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