Subsidy to help with ferry fares The Legislative Council's Finance Committee approved setting up a HK$115 million fund to subsidise possible fare increases when contracts to run loss-making ferry routes to six outlying islands are renewed next year. The rare move to fund privately owned ferries with public money is to avoid the only transportation for island residents possibly being cut off as licences on the routes expire. Memorial service in Beijing Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing left for Beijing last night to attend today's memorial service for Andy Tsang man-kit, 35, the Hong Kong volunteer who died in a road accident last week on his way to help needy children in Qinghai province. The service at the Babaoshan cemetery will also be attended by the director of the Hong Kong government's Beijing office Thomas Tso Man-tai. Police seize 2.9kg of heroin Police raided a Tseung Kwan O apartment that was being used as a drug-making and packaging centre and seized 2.9kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of HK$3.8 million. The raid occurred after a 24-year-old man and his girlfriend were stopped outside Residence Oasis in Pui Shing Road and a quantity of drugs was found in the woman's bag. Three hurt in car crash A car driven by a learner driver ran out of control and crashed into a barrier near Laguna City on the Kwun Tong Bypass at about 1am. Three passengers - a 17-year-old youth and two females aged 17 and 19 - were injured. The driver, 19, was unhurt and passed a breathalyser test. Vans collide after monkey scare Two delivery vans were involved in a collision in Tai Po Road near Caldecott Road in Cheung Sha Wan when one of the vehicles swerved to avoid a monkey. One driver was treated for leg injuries. Argument led to assault Police arrested a 29-year-old man for assaulting his girlfriend in an argument in their Tsui Hong House flat at Tsui Wan Estate, Chai Wan. The woman, 26, was treated for facial injuries. Man cuts his mother Police arrested a 24-year-old man for injuring his mother with a knife during an argument at their home on Shan King Estate in Tuen Mun. The 48-year-old woman was treated for cuts.