Flower seller says he won't quit after assault charges dropped A 79-year-old flower vendor walked free yesterday after police dropped assault and illegal hawking charges against him - and immediately vowed to resume his trade. 'They don't scare me,' said Chan Tun-fei, better known as Uncle Chan. 'How can I just stop what I've been doing for 20 years? Uncle Chan has been a familiar figure outside the Entertainment Building in Central for the past six years with his basket of white champak flowers. But he has been absent since May 18, when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officer. The charges were dropped yesterday because he was 'too old' and it was his first offence, said lawyer Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, a Democratic Party legislator, who took up his case. Uncle Chan insisted he had been arrested for a crime he did not commit. He said he was resting beside the road when he was approached by a group of hawker-control officers, one of whom slipped and struck a railing, resulting in slight injuries which the officers tried to use as proof of the alleged assault. 'Twelve witnesses came to prove my innocence. I did not attack anyone,' Uncle Chan said, outside Central Police Station. 'If I have broken the law then I should be arrested, but everything I've done is within the law.' Despite dropping the charges, police have warned Uncle Chan he will be arrested if he returns to his trade. The government has kept his $1,000 bond for jumping bail. Mr Cheng said Uncle Chan had applied for a hawking licence before but was rejected. 'I will try to make it legal for him,' said Mr Cheng. This is difficult though, because the government has not issued a hawking licence for 20 years. 'I hope they'll make an exception, they should cut him some slack. We all know Uncle Chan doesn't really affect the economy in a negative way.' Uncle Chan says he has no choice. 'Selling flowers is my livelihood. I make $3,000 each month, I have to support my ailing wife at home, there's no other way.'