Stella Lee

Cost-cutting backs the police into a corner

Chief Dick Lee says trimming budget further could affect frontline officers and undermine public confidence

Monday, 12 July, 2004, 12:00am

Chief says grievances abound, but we're stable at heart

Police Commissioner Dick Lee yesterday expressed concern over the double-digit growth in so-called 'grievance-type' crimes, including assaults on police officers, which jumped more than 50 per cent.

16 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Deceptively simple - the craft of the con artist

The methods employed by the street swindler always appear obvious when put down on paper, but they prove effective, year after year.

Invariably they exploit the victim's good nature or greed. The following is the top five list of con tricks for this year, up until November.

1. 'Help! I need your phone/money'

29 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Crash survivor still haunted by memories of brush with death

A survivor of the crash has been forced to quit his job and keep secret from his two young children the inner torment he still endures four years on.

The father of two, who did not want to be named, is still being haunted by flashbacks and nightmares of the freak accident.

28 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Higher fines help snuff out wax burners' little explosions

There have been only 121 warnings against the dangerous activity

The number of warnings issued for wax burning this Mid-Autumn Festival has plunged, apparently in response to the threat of a new $1,500 littering fine for the offence.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Police are ordered to report verbal abuse against them

Hong Kong's frontline police officers have been ordered to report all verbal abuse directed at them while on patrol so the force can decide whether a law to tackle the problem is needed.

The order was issued late last month, soon after Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui said legislation to punish people who verbally abused officers would be considered.

12 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Parents collect underage girls after cyber vice raid

A 15-year-old girl,who was among the 24 underage girls found in raids on Friday on three cyber cafes in Mongkok, has been arrested for using another person's identity card.

A police spokeswoman said the girl had been granted bail. The two men and four women aged between 17 and 35 arrested for vice offences were also released on bail.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Harry Potter fever grips HK as the countdown nears its end

Hong Kong is gearing up for Harry Potter mania again, as the fifth book in the series was delivered under tight security to Hong Kong bookstores yesterday. Its worldwide release takes place a week from today.

14 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Measures to combat money laundering are found wanting

Security officials are considering whether there is a need to tighten controls on remittance agencies after the International Monetary Fund found weaknesses in Hong Kong's measures to combat money laundering.

6 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Badges will remain a symbol of battle for democracy

Quercus Cho and his friends started distributing badges to commemorate the Tiananmen Square crackdown at a Victoria Park vigil in 1997.

The idea was that if the annual gatherings were banned at some point in the future, people would still have a way of remembering what happened on that June 4 day.

4 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Handcuffed journalist's complaint upheld

Police officer faces disciplinary action for the move to clear abode seekers' protest

A police officer is facing disciplinary action for handcuffing a journalist who refused to go to a press area during a police operation to clear right of abode seekers at Chater Garden last year.

4 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Crime up 20pc as quick-cash offences soar

The crime rate in Hong Kong surged almost 20 per cent year-on-year for January and February,with quick-cash crimes such as pick-pocketing more than doubling.

The increase followed last year's 3.2 per cent rise in the crime rate, to 1,120 per 100,000. That rise bucked a downward trend since 1999.

27 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

No special treatment for celebrity diners

Home made Sichuanese spicy noodles - dan dan mien - are the main attraction at the Yeung family's Wing Lai Yuen restaurant. The noodles earned the restaurant its fame and have attracted a steady stream of customers, including local tycoons and celebrities.

The original restaurant was built in a squatter area of Diamond Hill in 1947.

11 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Orphan's tears flow as she plans bright future

A 19-year-old mainland orphan who was abandoned by her adoptive Hong Kong mother four years ago cried for days alone at her home after losing her legal battle to stay last week.

Ah-man was moved to tears again this week when she learned the Immigration Department had effectively reversed the ruling by allowing her to stay on discretionary grounds.

29 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Frontline police set to test HIV-proof jackets

Police are to test new 'blood-proof' jackets that may help to protect wearers from contracting infections such as HIV and hepatitis.

18 Dec 2002 - 12:00am