A clan of New Territories villagers say a police error that linked them to last week's 'hostage-taking' of a bus-load of Westerners has tarnished their image. The Tang family, whose clan has lived in Kat Hing Wai walled village for more than 900 years, said they would never prevent anyone leaving, and welcomed visitors who respected their peace and privacy. Their village was named by police last week as the place where 16 middle-aged women on a day trip from the Helena May private ladies club were detained for an hour by men they described as 'thugs'. The men objected to a woman taking photographs of a village building, so they blocked off the means of exit for the group's bus and demanded cash and the film. The stand-off ended when police, who were called by one of the women on a mobile phone, found the group and negotiated their release. Police now concede that the women were not in Kat Hing Wai, but in another village five minutes' walk away. A spokesman said the incident took place at Wing Lung Wai, opposite the entrance to Tai Kong Po Tsuen. A Kat Hing Wai resident and member of the Tang clan said: 'It's impossible that we would treat visitors that way. It's a big mistake and we're really upset about it. It's really shameful.' She said residents accepted that their village was of historical interest, and did not mind tourists visiting, as long as they were quiet and respected the locals' privacy. 'If people are very intrusive and take pictures of our living rooms, of course we object greatly. Sometimes they step in front of your door and peep in - they treat us like animals in a zoo,' she said. The woman, who would only give her name as Ms Tang, said elderly women in the village sometimes agreed to be photographed for $10, but visitors were never threatened or prevented from leaving. She said Kat Hing Wai villagers doubted that residents of Wing Lung Wai were responsible for last week's drama, suspecting that triads were to blame.