Spokesman says they called police immediately The government yesterday defended leisure officers' handling of a noise complaint at Tuen Mun Park on Sunday, where an elderly onlooker died from a fall during scuffles among a crowd. The 72-year-old man died after tripping on tree roots during a clash between Leisure and Cultural Services Department officers and a crowd of about 100 people. The row began when the officers went to the park to investigate a noise complaint against street musicians performing Chinese folk songs. The park attracts elderly musicians at weekends and often draws large crowds, but there have been repeated noise complaints from nearby residents about performers using amplifiers and loudspeakers. A witness said park officers were told about the man's fall but had ignored the incident. However, the department stressed yesterday the officers immediately alerted police after learning of the man's fall. 'We were informed that an elderly man had collapsed nearby, and our colleagues immediately alerted police and asked for an ambulance. We also dispatched a security guard to the scene to look after the elderly man,' said Margrit Li Lai-fan, the LCSD's chief leisure manager for New Territories West. She offered the department's condolences to the victim's family. Ms Li said the scuffle occurred when the crowd turned against the LCSD officers, who had convinced the performers to stop using loudspeakers. A man claiming to be one of the paramedics who attended the victim yesterday called an RTHK radio phone-in programme and said he believed it was the large crowd who failed to help the man because they stood by and kept shouting at LCSD officers. 'The crowd kept saying the LCSD killed the victim, and when I read the newspapers today I found the officers were accused of neglecting the victim,' said the man, who identified himself as Mr Mak. 'How could the officers help the victim when they were surrounded by a crowd and were involved in a scuffle? Did this crowd of more than 100 people consider giving help to the man?' During the scuffle, three officers were slightly injured. They said their camera equipment was damaged during the incident. The elderly man - a retired Indonesian-Chinese who lived nearby - was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.