Tai a Chau

Yachts in race to save Soko Islands from gas plant

Dozens of yachts and catamarans raced to the Soko Islands off Lantau yesterday, where CLP Power proposes to build a liquefied natural gas terminal, in a rally to keep a pristine weekend spot out of the company's hands.

Sunday, 30 April, 2006, 12:00am

Police seize terrapins

Police seized 475 boxes of terrapins worth $210,000 from a mainland boat intercepted off Tai A Chau and arrested five mainland men.

19 May 2000 - 12:00am

Vessel off Lantau hijacked by gang

A vessel used as a refuelling station was hijacked off southern Lantau yesterday by armed men claiming to be mainland Customs officers.

The gang failed in an attempt to hijack a second, larger vessel when a Marine Police boat arrived on the scene near Tai A Chau.

7 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Police presence 'too heavy' as Viets move

Police chiefs should cut the numbers of officers brought in to clear 5,500 boat people from Tai A Chau to Whitehead, independent monitors said yesterday.

More than 500 police, 21 police boats and 20 trucks were deployed for the official start of the biggest such transfer operation.

17 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Advance party on way to Whitehead

About 400 Vietnamese boat people from Tai A Chau will be moved to Whitehead today to clean out the camp ahead of next week's mass transfer.

The workers will spend three days scrubbing the huts and setting up kitchens in preparation for the other 5,100 detainees who start arriving on Monday.

12 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Viet detention unit planned at Kai Tak

A $12 million plan has been drawn up to convert Kai Tak Transit Centre into a holding unit for boat people facing forced repatriation.

The aim is to ease chronic overcrowding at Victoria Prison.

Work on upgrading security at the former RAF building could be completed in weeks if the scheme got the go-ahead, top government sources said yesterday.

10 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Whitehead raid nets massive weapons haul

Hundreds of homemade weapons were seized in a search of the Whitehead detention centre yesterday before an operation tomorrow to remove more than 600 boat people.

A total of 664 daggers, spears and missiles were recovered in a three-hour operation by the police and Correctional Services Department.

6 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Police launches to clear Viets from Tai A Chau

About 6,000 Vietnamese boat people will be loaded into the holds of police launches and ferried to the HMS Tamar pier as part of a massive transfer operation being planned by police.

The option to use police support launches was chosen over hiring open-air ferries because of security concerns expressed by officers.

29 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Star of honesty

I wish to commend the owner of a stall at the Star Ferry for his honesty and civic responsibility.

I am security manager at the Tai A Chau Centre for Vietnamese Migrants and I have many personnel working under my supervision at the centre.

26 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Police search detention camp for weapons

ABOUT 200 police searched the remote Tai A Chau Vietnamese detention centre for weapons yesterday.

The move was an attempt to prevent the use of homemade spears and knives against Correctional Services Department and police officers during deportations. Such incidents have occurred this year during deportations from High Island and Whitehead centres.

7 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

II missing

A VIETNAMESE detainee at the Tai A Chau detention centre is thought to have fallen into choppy waters after going fishing. His fishing rod and bucket were found.

28 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Bombs seized

MARINE Police seized 70 fish bombs from a mainland sampan off Tai A Chau. Four men were arrested. The fish bombs contained 14 kilos of industrial explosive.

18 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Closure of Viet camp stalled

PLANS to close Tai A Chau, one of Hong Kong's 'Big Three' Vietnamese detention centres, by the end of next month have been delayed indefinitely.

Operating costs for the camp are more than $1 million a week.

14 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Visit disrupted

A VISIT to the Tai A Chau detention centre by a team of diplomats was disrupted yesterday when demonstrators waving banners gatecrashed the meeting.

10 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Poisoned fish claims youth

A 17-YEAR-OLD Vietnamese youth died in hospital from food poisoning. He and another boat person from the Tai A Chau Detention Centre were admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday after eating the internal organs of a Japanese fugu fish.

6 Jun 1994 - 12:00am