Law bears up amid surging crowd . . .

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 March, 1994, 12:00am

POLICE were forced to use drastic safety measures last night to control the huge crowds of people heading for the Hong Kong Stadium on its opening night.

Most of the 39,000 who attended arrived at the last minute.

The pavements outside the stadium were unable to cope with the surge and people spilled on to the roads into the path of cars and taxis. The press was such that several heavy earthenware tree pots and solid metal rubbish bins were tipped over.

Police were forced to ban vehicles from Caroline Hill Road and Eastern Hospital Road 30 minutes before the event began.

A police spokesman said they would bring in more crash barriers to contain the crowds expected for tonight's event, the first Canto-pop concert at the stadium. Robin Oram, managing director of stadium managers Wembley International, said he would be meeting police and other emergency services for a full post-concert debriefing.