Two more arrested in Tung Chung over gang's bid to free girl

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 4:07am

Detectives investigating Friday's audacious attempt to spring a 15-year-old girl from courtroom custody arrested yesterday two alleged members of the gang who fled the scene after police foiled their efforts.

Officers from the Tuen Mun district crime squad raided a flat on the Yat Tung Estate in Tung Chung yesterday and arrested two teenagers aged 15 and 16 on suspicion of aiding and abetting a prisoner in lawful custody and assaulting a police officer.

The arrests came after those of two men, one aged 19 and the other aged 30 and understood to be the boyfriend of the girl, as they tried to help the girl escape from Tuen Mun Juvenile Court on Friday. She had earlier appeared at a hearing to consider the imposition on her of a care and protection order.

The director of the Social Welfare Department, Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, said officers were in contact with the girl's family to understand their needs: "Of course some detained children may have their own emotional problems. Social workers will intervene where appropriate and handle it [accordingly]," Nip said, adding that the department would work with the police to see if court attendance arrangements needed to be reviewed.

The attempt to spring the girl was stopped after a policewoman intercepted a taxi and used pepper spray to make the initial arrests.