City Briefs

man admits peddling party drugs over internet

A 23-year-old salesman admitted in Kowloon City Court that he tried to sell party drugs over an internet forum. Chan Yeung-hung posted a message on July 29 saying he would hold a beach party at Silver Strand Bay in August and help party-goers buy Ecstasy, ketamine and nimetazepam. The web administrator traced Chan's internet protocol and alerted police. Police also found a small quantity of ketamine in Chan's Wong Tai Sin home on August 3. Principal magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung adjourned sentencing to March 2.

rotavirus vaccine alert issued for children

The Department of Health has issued an alert about a vaccine used in Hong Kong to treat rotavirus, a common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea in children, that has caused concern in the United States after 28 cases of intussusception - twisting or blocking of the intestines - most requiring surgery. The drug, RotaTeq is made by Merck. A department spokesman called on parents to contact their doctors if their children had suffered stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood in their stool or changes in their bowel movements after receiving the rotavirus vaccination recently.

taxi passenger refuses to alight, assaults 2 officers

A 20-year-old man who refused to get out of a taxi was arrested for assaulting two police officers in Sha Tin yesterday. The man took a taxi to Kwong Yuen Estate at about 1am but refused to get out at his destination. The taxi driver called police and the officers scuffled with the man. All three were treated at hospital before being discharged.