motorist stable after oil tanker collision A 49-year-old motorist was injured when his car crossed into the opposite lane and collided with an oil tanker on Tai Po Road, Sha Tin, at 2.10am. The man, who suffered head and leg injuries, was freed from the wreckage by firemen and taken to Prince of Wales Hospital. He is in stable condition. The other driver was not hurt. In a separate case, a 29-year-old constable suffered an injury to his left leg when his motorcycle crashed in Hung Hom at 6.10am. He was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and discharged. burning papers tossed from flat set racks afire A 45-year-old man with a history of mental illness was arrested after he allegedly threw burning newspapers from his 15th-floor flat in Ching Yi House, Tsz Ching Estate, Tsz Wan Shan, setting the ropes of two clothes-drying racks alight. He was being held for questioning last night and no charges had been laid. In a separate case, police were looking for a group of teenage cyclists after a wooden bench was set alight at a football pitch in Nam Wan Road, Tai Po, at about 12.30am. phone fraud up, street scams down this year The number of telephone deceptions has risen dramatically, while the number of street scams has declined, police said. From January to September this year, police received 1,246 complaints about telephone scams, compared with 780 for the whole of last year. For the same nine-month period, the number of street deceptions dropped to 150, about half the 297 cases recorded in the same period last year. two overcome by smoke A 59-year-old woman and her 36-year-old son were overcome by smoke when a fire started in the kitchen of their Jardine's Lookout flat at about 8pm. Firemen put out the fire within 30 minutes and the two were sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in stable condition. 19 visitors caught working Police and immigration officers arrested 19 mainland travellers on suspicion of working illegally at the cargo handling area in Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, at 11am. Police said the 19 men, aged 17 to 51, held two-way permits.