Officer draws gun after burglar grabs baton
The arrest yesterday of three burglars making off with a safe from a Sheung Shui flat involved the loss of a police baton, the drawing of a police handgun and a chase that ended in a five-vehicle pile-up. The drama began when police spotted two men moving the safe outside Sunningdale Garden in Chi Shun Lane. They arrested a 27-year-old man, but a 33-year-old man tried to snatch an officer's firearm. The man grabbed his baton instead, and the officer drew his handgun to subdue the burglar. An accomplice tried to flee in a Mercedes-Benz but was arrested after he caused a pile-up with two police vans, a bus and a car at the junction of Jockey Club Road and Lung Sum Avenue. The suspects had snatched jewellery and cash worth HK$156,000 but it was all recovered at the site.
Man on 26-year-old rape charge denied bail
An application for bail by a 78-year-old man accused of raping a schoolgirl 26 years ago was denied by the Court of First Instance. Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary cited the serious nature of the charge against Man Lok-fai, who was arrested after his alleged victim saw him in the street and called police. Man has not entered a plea and will appear in Fanling Court today.
Factor future prices into dole, panel urges
Legco welfare panel lawmakers passed a non-binding motion urging the government to take into account expected future price movements when adjusting the rate of the dole, rather than just the inflation or deflation of the past year.
Zeman expects 150,000 for LKF carnival
About 150,000 people were expected to attend the 11th Lan Kwai Fong Carnival at the weekend, Lan Kwai Fong Holdings chairman Allan Zeman said. More than 80 booths and stalls would feature various delicacies, alcoholic drinks, interactive games, dance shows and arts and crafts, he said. Families were welcome, with 20 of the booths designed for children. About HK$1.2 million was being spent on the carnival, up 15 per cent from last year.
Lawmakers seek cut in class size to 30
Legco's education panel passed a motion calling for a cut in the standard class size to 30 to cope with the falling number of enrolments in Form One.