Housing Department

Another object falls at estate

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 12:00am

A 2 1/2-metre laundry pole was probably blown down by strong winds at a public housing estate in Shek Kip Mei yesterday, police said. It nearly hit a woman walking below. A 44-year-old man was later arrested after he surrendered to police over the pole's fall. He was released on HK$500 bail.

The incident - the sixth such case in five days at Pak Tin Estate - has prompted the Housing Department to increase surveillance of the area, where more than 20 objects, including a 7kg sledgehammer and a chopper, have fallen from buildings in the past two months.

Initial investigation showed that the bamboo pole fell from Block 9 at about noon, a police spokesman said. No one was injured.

'The laundry pole appeared to have been blown down by strong wind,' the officer said. A search of the block revealed nothing.

After the arrest of a woman for throwing two apples in a bag from Block 11 last Wednesday, six objects, including a potted plant, two poles and a metal can, have fallen from different blocks at the estate since Friday. No one has been hurt. On November 10, a 7kg sledgehammer was thrown from the same building. It nearly hit a man walking below.

Estate housing manager Wong Yuet-chung said it seemed that most of the objects in recent cases had been left near windows and were blown down by strong winds.

'Over the weekend, our colleagues made home visits to tenants asking them to secure things near their windows,' Wong said.