Suspected burglar held after seaward dash
A burglar trying to break into a Deep Water Bay flat jumped into the sea at about 3am yesterday when the owner of the flat heard a noise and went to check. Marine police caught and arrested a 40-year-old man for attempted burglary. The suspect and two officers were treated for minor injuries at Ruttonjee Hospital.
Poor knowledge of next stage of plastic bag levy
A survey by Greeners Action found 64 per cent of 900 respondents did not know what the second stage of the plastic bag levy, to be expanded in 2013, entailed. Many mistakenly believed fresh food sold in wet markets would no longer be exempt from the 50-cent levy.
Backing for tougher action on animal cruelty
More than 80 per cent of 750 respondents to a Liberal Party survey wanted tougher laws and penalties for animal cruelty. More than a third disagreed with the agriculture department's practice of putting down stray cats and dogs.
Construction work uncovers old pottery
A 28-centimetre piece of pottery possibly dating back to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) was found during work at the Water Supplies Department office in Mong Kok. The Antiquities and Monuments Office collected the object. It said further study was needed to confirm its age.
Elderly would welcome cross-border benefits
More than 60 per cent of 500 elderly people surveyed by the DAB said elderly Hongkongers living on the mainland should be entitled to receive the city's old age allowance.