90pc of property interests bought for 'Sneaker Street' project The Urban Renewal Authority has bought more than 90 per cent of the property interests in 'Sneaker Street' in Mong Kok, exceeding the 70 per cent mark it usually needs for redevelopment to proceed. Compulsory sale of the remaining property interests would go ahead in the next financial year, the authority's chairman, Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, said. About half the shops that sell sports goods had expressed an interest in moving back to the street after the redevelopment. The project will provide 300 homes and a themed shopping mall selling sportswear and sports equipment. The Macpherson Playground next to the street will be turned into an 1,800-seat stadium and 250 flats, to be completed in 2012. In a separate project, 20 pre-war tenement buildings in nearby Shanghai Street and Prince Edward Road West will be revitalised. Cheung said their renewal would cost HK$300 million more than was estimated two years ago, when the project was announced, because of the rise in property prices. Want Want snacks in Hong Kong to be tested after bacteria scare The food safety centre is taking samples of Want Want snacks for tests after reports that one of its products manufactured in the snack-maker's Shandong plant was found to contain excessive E. coli bacteria. Want Want China Holdings yesterday said the affected rice cracker snack - a 520g pack of senbei, manufactured on April 18 - had not been imported to Hong Kong. Want Want snacks available in Hong Kong are usually imported from Taiwan or Guangdong. The mainland quality watchdog inspected the company's plants in April and released a report on Tuesday that one senbei snack sample made in its Shandong plant was found to contain E. coli, which can cause diarrhoea, fever, vomiting and, in severe cases, kidney disease. A follow-up inspection in May by the Shandong authorities found all products met food safety requirements. Financial adviser to take on activist in by-election Two people had filed their candidacies for a by-election to fill a seat on Southern District Council by the closure of nominations yesterday. Ellis Lau Ying-tung, 26, an investment bank strategist and a financial adviser to the Savantas Policy Institute, will run against Paul Zimmerman, 52, a conservation activist and a member of the Civic Party. The poll in the Pok Fu Lam constituency will be held on September 5. A seat on the council has been left vacant since Ronald Chan Ngok-pang resigned in May to join the Chief Executive's Office as a special assistant. False complaint penalised An unemployed man was ordered to perform 150 hours' community service and pay HK$1,000 costs after being charged by the ICAC with making a false corruption complaint against his wife. Eastern Court heard that Fang Min, 38, used his mainland name Fang Xiao-ming to call the Independent Commission Against Corruption in November.