Eight arrested over fake goods Customs officers arrested eight people on suspicion of operating stalls in Mong Kok's Ladies Market selling fake or pirated goods. Officers seized more than 440,000 suspicious items - including handbags, stationery and schoolbags - in a three-day operation. Koon Hon-chuen, divisional commander of customs' intellectual property investigation bureau, said the goods seized had a retail value of more than HK$2.5 million and the fakes were priced about 20 per cent cheaper than genuine ones. 6pc of pupils placed soccer bets Six per cent of schoolchildren questioned for a survey placed a bet during soccer's World Cup. The Methodist Centre and Shue Yan University surveyed about 1,000 pupils from Primary Six to Form Four on their gambling habits. More than 60 said they had bet on World Cup matches, while a third of all respondents said they had taken part in gambling. Most of them gambled at home or at friends' homes. The Methodist Centre said the government should do more to curb youth gambling. 27 held for illegal gambling Police arrested 27 people for illegal gambling in an entertainment venue in Yau Ma Tei. Three of them were held for running an illegal gambling business. Police seized gambling paraphernalia and records showing bet placements totalling HK$40,000. They also seized HK$40,000 in cash and two computers. Newspaper staff cancel protest Seven employees of cash-strapped Chinese-language newspaper Sing Pao called off a protest planned today to press for payment of HK$600,000 in commission owed them. At a meeting, management agreed to pay the staff, who work in the newspaper's advertising and communications departments, in two instalments. The newspaper still owes more than 10 other workers some HK$800,000. Management will meet them tomorrow. Officials receive tree training Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said more than 2,200 government officials and contractors had received training in tree conservation and the government employed more than 130 arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Lawmakers urged the government to draft a law to conserve trees to prevent them collapsing. Lam pledged the government would work hard to monitor the condition of trees. 20 arrested in prostitution blitz In a crackdown on pimps and prostitutes' clients, police arrested 20 men for soliciting others for immoral purposes in public areas in Yau Ma Tei.