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Letters to the Editor, June 3, 2013

Alex Lo's column scolding the millions around the world who marched against Monsanto and its genetically modified crops ("Time to modify our stance on GM food", May 28) misses the point entirely.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 2:32am 3 comments

Louvre staff return after walkout in protest at pickpocket invasion

Uniformed police yesterday patrolled the Louvre museum in Paris as it reopened its doors following a walkout by staff in protest at gangs of violent pickpockets targeting visitors. Around 20 police officers have now been drafted in to patrol the museum in response to staff concerns, Louvre officials said.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:21pm

Increase in MTR thieves 'fishing' for smartphones

Pickpockets are using earphone cords as 'fishing lines' to steal smartphones in crowded MTR carriages and stations, police warned. And indecent assaults and covert photography on trains are also on the rise, according to official figures.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sex pests get more inventive on MTR

The number of sex crimes in MTR stations has levelled off or dropped slightly but some suspects have become more ingenious, police say.

Two men arrested recently had taken photos up the skirts of women by concealing small cameras in their shoes.

Police at first thought one of the men was a terrorist because of the way he was acting.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

No holidays in war on drugs

Commissioner of Police Tang King-shing yesterday said anti-drug operations would continue throughout Christmas and New Year, especially tackling drug sales to youngsters. Intelligence exchanges with mainland law-enforcement agencies would be enhanced to strike at cross-border drug activities.

Girl, 11, arrested for pickpocketing

21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

New Artful Dodgers pocketing fortune by picking on top shops

London

Life in London is never too far from some sort of grimy Dickensian analogy, especially at Christmas time, and particularly when it concerns crime.

Dickens' most fabled criminal was Fagin, that wily rat-like mentor (known as a kidsman) who schooled young ragamuffins in pickpocketing and theft while giving them food and shelter.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Police warning over 'trendy' pickpockets

Pickpockets could be well dressed or disguised as housewives and trendy youths, police said yesterday as reports rose by more than 50 per cent on Hong Kong Island in the first 10 months of this year.

The increase has prompted police to warn the public, especially female shoppers, to beware of their property during Christmas, New Year and the Lunar New Year.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Appeal by driver in pickpocket scam rejected

A taxi driver who drove his vehicle into a crowd as part of a pickpocketing scheme was lucky to have received the 45-month sentence that he got, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Undercover team chases pickpockets

A squad of undercover policewomen disguised as bargain-hunting shoppers are patrolling Mongkok to catch pickpockets.

Five female officers, wearing business suits, sportswear or T-shirts and jeans and carrying leather handbags or backpacks, are conducting an operation in shopping malls.

31 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Gang pickpocketing by taxi is broken up

A gang of pickpockets using taxis and hired cars to help distract their tourist victims in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok was broken up yesterday with the arrest of four men. Two others were still being sought last night.

Police said members of a syndicate, identified by the Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit, were seen pickpocketing tourists in Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

25 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Gang accused of pickpocketing at Mongkok KCR station are kept in custody

Six alleged members of a gang of pickpockets who preyed on tourists around the Mongkok KCR station were remanded in custody yesterday.

In Eastern Court, magistrate Lambert Lee Ka-chai adjourned the case until May 14 for mention in North Kowloon Court, pending identification parades and further police inquiries.

11 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Pickpocket syndicate's hands tied

Police worried about a potential increase in the number of pickpocketing incidents over Easter have arrested members of a highly organised syndicate during a week-long operation.

Eight smartly dressed pickpockets preying on tourists at busy KCRC stations were caught dividing up their spoils at the Mongkok KCRC station on Wednesday. A ninth gang member remains free.

9 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Pickpockets busted at Calcutta airport

Indian police have busted a gang of pickpockets, some of whom even bought air tickets at Calcutta's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport before stealing fellow passengers' wallets, mobile phones and handbags.

7 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

No discrimination

I refer to the letter from Mike Hart headlined 'Crime clampdown long overdue', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on October 1.

I thank Mr Hart for his concern over the activities of pickpockets along Nathan Road.

2 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Pickpocket sisters

Two suspected pickpockets - sisters aged 30 and 37 - were arrested and more than 100 items, mostly gold ornaments, recovered. The older woman was detained in Chun Yeung Street, North Point, and her sister was caught later.

9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

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