Hong Kong news in brief - September 9, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 September, 2012, 3:46am

Customs targets parallel traders

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok announced yesterday that the Hong Kong and Shenzhen customs authorities would be setting up special teams to combat the increasing number of parallel traders. The traders are piling the pressure on customs with their frequent cross-border runs, buying goods to sell on the mainland.

Valuable paperbark tree written off

A treasured tree on Jockey Club Road in North District had to be removed to ensure public safety after it was found to be at risk of collapse, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. The trunk was found to be rotting after the 11 metre tall paperbark, which was on the register of old and valuable trees, split open when Typhoon Vicente hit the city in late July.

Alleged penthouse burglar freed on bail

A 35-year-old woman who was part of a group of four accused of stealing more than 1,600 letters, 42 bank cards and nine chequebooks from luxury homes in Kowloon was released on bail yesterday. She was arrested by the police force's commercial crime bureau late last month and charged two days ago with conspiracy to steal. A 44-year-old man remains in custody.

Mother uses balloon gas in suicide

A 50-year-old woman is believed to have committed suicide by inhaling helium. She was found unconscious at her home in Aberdeen by her son at about 6.30am yesterday. She had a plastic bag over her head with tubes leading to two cans suspected to contain helium, which is used to inflate balloons. She was certified dead at the scene. A suicide note was found and initial investigations revealed nothing suspicious.