RENEWED fears of rape emerged yesterday in Tin Shui Wai following the scrapping of a much-publicised escort scheme for young girls implemented only a month ago. Volunteers walked home girls aged under 13 between noon and 5 pm everyday under the police scheme, which was prompted by a series of sexual assaults. But Tin Shui Wai Divisional Commander, Acting Superintendent Stephen Ho Wai-ming, said the programme had moved on to phase two and the daily escorts would not be continued. He said the 237 escort volunteers and 165 other residents who had signed up to become ''community awareness ambassadors'' would instead promote the general awareness of crime prevention through home visits. A housewife, Mrs Pang, who lives in Tin Yiu Estate, said she was surprised the escort scheme had been terminated. ''I am worried that the rapist will come out again. That would be very dangerous for little girls,'' she said. The escort scheme started on November 16 following two rapes and three sexual assaults in the area between May and September on girls aged between eight and 13. Mr Ho said the scheme was organised to raise awareness and that had been achieved. ''If you go ask any young girls in Tin Shui Wai they would tell you they've heard of the rapist and they know they should not take a lift alone with a male stranger,'' he said.