smugglers escape police by swimming ashore Three smugglers escaped marine police during a sea chase by jumping off their speedboat and swimming ashore in Sai Kung. The chase began shortly after 10pm on Thursday after the police sighted the speedboat off the Ninepin group of islands, heading towards the mainland. After a 20-minute chase, the three men jumped overboard and swam ashore at Clear Water Bay Country Park. The men escaped but officers seized 20 boxes of LCD monitors, computer parts and oxygen masks, worth a total of $300,000, aboard the speedboat. District court to accept legal disputes up to $1M Legal disputes involving up to $1 million will be accepted by the District Court from next Monday, when the ceiling is raised from $600,000. The judiciary said the rise meant more people could take their cases to the District Court instead of the High Court. suspected car-theft syndicate leader held Police arrested the suspected leader of a car-theft syndicate in his Ho Man Tin apartment yesterday after recovering a stolen taxi and a car at a village house in Kung Um Road, Yuen Long. Acting on a tip-off, officers raided the village house on Thursday and recovered the two vehicles, reported stolen from North Point and Wan Chai respectively early this year. The suspect, 33, is believed to be linked to the Wo Shing Wo triad group. Police are looking for several other members of the syndicate. lorry stolen with $1m of electronic goods A lorry loaded with $1 million worth of electronic goods was stolen from a parking lot in Lai Chi Kok. The vehicle was driven away from the Mei Lai Road parking lot near the junction of Nassau Street at about 7am yesterday. The theft was discovered at about 8.30am when the lorry driver, 29, arrived to pick up the vehicle. audio information to be added to websites Some government departments will experiment by adding audio information to their websites next year to aid the elderly and visually impaired people. The trial is part of the government's attempt to improve internet access among the public. Officials will also encourage private industry to adopt audio internet services.