Christy Leung

Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.
Christy Leung
Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.

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Police chief vows action against those targeting officers with online abuse following Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests

Private data of officers and their family members has been published online, while police have endured rudeness from hospital staff and implications their children will face prejudicial treatment at school.

20 Jun 2019 - 6:14AM

Private data of officers and their family members has been published online, while police have endured rudeness from hospital staff and implications their children will face prejudicial treatment at school.

Police chief vows action against those targeting officers with online abuse following Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests
When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s insistence that government has never described protesters as rioters raises more questions, while legal experts say people caught up in violent clashes could be charged just for being there.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:51PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s insistence that government has never described protesters as rioters raises more questions, while legal experts say people caught up in violent clashes could be charged just for being there.

When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters
Hong Kong police switch to ‘softly-softly’ tactics to cool tensions after violent clashes with anti-extradition bill protesters

A senior police source says the change of tactics is to avoid unwanted confrontations or clashes, while the use of force is only necessary if the protests turn violent.

18 Jun 2019 - 1:29AM

A senior police source says the change of tactics is to avoid unwanted confrontations or clashes, while the use of force is only necessary if the protests turn violent.

Hong Kong police switch to ‘softly-softly’ tactics to cool tensions after violent clashes with anti-extradition bill protesters
Hong Kong prison service studying scheme to give all inmates a tablet computer so they can keep in touch with outside world

Under the Correctional Services Department’s idea, inmates could use the devices for email, e-learning, entertainment, and as a means of preparing for life in a technology-saturated world.

17 Jun 2019 - 10:42AM

Under the Correctional Services Department’s idea, inmates could use the devices for email, e-learning, entertainment, and as a means of preparing for life in a technology-saturated world.

Hong Kong prison service studying scheme to give all inmates a tablet computer so they can keep in touch with outside world
In Hong Kong protests, did police use excessive force or issue a proportional response?

A day after the mayhem that ensued when protesters tried to storm the legislature, both sides of the city’s political divide levelled accusations over whether police or protesters were the more violent.

14 Jun 2019 - 9:36PM

A day after the mayhem that ensued when protesters tried to storm the legislature, both sides of the city’s political divide levelled accusations over whether police or protesters were the more violent.

In Hong Kong protests, did police use excessive force or issue a proportional response?
Eleven arrests, double the tear gas fired during Occupy movement and 81 injured: police chief paints disturbing picture of Hong Kong extradition bill protests

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says 11 people arrested, double the tear gas fired in Occupy movement and 81 injured during Wednesday’s violent clashes.

14 Jun 2019 - 5:42PM

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says 11 people arrested, double the tear gas fired in Occupy movement and 81 injured during Wednesday’s violent clashes.

Eleven arrests, double the tear gas fired during Occupy movement and 81 injured: police chief paints disturbing picture of Hong Kong extradition bill protests
Police ‘sandwiched in political storm’ during Hong Kong’s violent extradition bill protest defend operation while former officers brand tactics ‘feeble and a failure’

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says officers adopted restrained and tolerant attitude that allowed protesters to express their opinions but critics say force failed to learn from previous disturbances and had no courage to use weapons or take swift action.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:15AM

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says officers adopted restrained and tolerant attitude that allowed protesters to express their opinions but critics say force failed to learn from previous disturbances and had no courage to use weapons or take swift action.

Police ‘sandwiched in political storm’ during Hong Kong’s violent extradition bill protest defend operation while former officers brand tactics ‘feeble and a failure’
Hong Kong extradition bill: police to flood streets with 5,000 officers as city braces for second wave of protests

Force to be deployed as controversial legislation set to get second reading, with protesters expected to start gathering on Tuesday night around government headquarters.

12 Jun 2019 - 12:04AM

Force to be deployed as controversial legislation set to get second reading, with protesters expected to start gathering on Tuesday night around government headquarters.

Hong Kong extradition bill: police to flood streets with 5,000 officers as city braces for second wave of protests
Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:10AM

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?
Hong Kong police say nearly 360 protesters, most younger than 25, could face arrest for clashes after extradition protest march

Police find weapons, including box cutters and razors, on protesters. More than 80 per cent of those searched were younger than 25.

10 Jun 2019 - 9:27PM

Police find weapons, including box cutters and razors, on protesters. More than 80 per cent of those searched were younger than 25.

Hong Kong police say nearly 360 protesters, most younger than 25, could face arrest for clashes after extradition protest march
Hong Kong slowly getting back to normal after night of running battles between protesters and police

Masked demonstrators threw metal barriers and bottles, and police responded with batons and pepper spray before finally getting situation under control around 6am.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:47PM

Masked demonstrators threw metal barriers and bottles, and police responded with batons and pepper spray before finally getting situation under control around 6am.

Hong Kong slowly getting back to normal after night of running battles between protesters and police
Hong Kong police chief Stephen Lo condemns twin arson attacks, vowing no tolerance and full investigation into motive

Insider close to investigation says attacks unrelated to extradition rally. Exact motives of triad-linked suspects remain unknown.

9 Jun 2019 - 8:44AM

Insider close to investigation says attacks unrelated to extradition rally. Exact motives of triad-linked suspects remain unknown.

Hong Kong police chief Stephen Lo condemns twin arson attacks, vowing no tolerance and full investigation into motive
Four men with triad backgrounds arrested over petrol bomb attacks on Hong Kong police

A man standing next to a black Mercedes-Benz had earlier flung a petrol bomb at an intercepting police van opposite headquarters at about 3.30am. Second incident occurred within 12 hours at Happy Valley station.

7 Jun 2019 - 11:57PM

A man standing next to a black Mercedes-Benz had earlier flung a petrol bomb at an intercepting police van opposite headquarters at about 3.30am. Second incident occurred within 12 hours at Happy Valley station.

Four men with triad backgrounds arrested over petrol bomb attacks on Hong Kong police
Hong Kong privacy watchdog orders Cathay Pacific to take remedial action over massive leak of customer data

Privacy Commissioner Stephen Wong released his office’s investigation report after the personal information of 9.4 million passengers was leaked last year.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:40AM

Privacy Commissioner Stephen Wong released his office’s investigation report after the personal information of 9.4 million passengers was leaked last year.

Hong Kong privacy watchdog orders Cathay Pacific to take remedial action over massive leak of customer data
Beijing confirms nomination of ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes, terrorism and political corruption

The nomination is China’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international body since it detained Meng Hongwei, then head of Interpol, last year.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

The nomination is China’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international body since it detained Meng Hongwei, then head of Interpol, last year.

Beijing confirms nomination of ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes, terrorism and political corruption
Wild boars make way for greedy goats as Hong Kong animal invasion continues with Tuen Mun breakaway

Rogue goats use green-light road crossing to get to the other side for feeding frenzy in Tuen Mun.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:30PM

Rogue goats use green-light road crossing to get to the other side for feeding frenzy in Tuen Mun.

Wild boars make way for greedy goats as Hong Kong animal invasion continues with Tuen Mun breakaway
Second case of African swine fever found in pig in Hong Kong, sparking cull of 4,700 animals and closure of slaughterhouse

Health authorities detect the virus in a dead pig at Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:04AM

Health authorities detect the virus in a dead pig at Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse.

Second case of African swine fever found in pig in Hong Kong, sparking cull of 4,700 animals and closure of slaughterhouse
Anti-triad officers arrest 13 Hong Kong gang members for attacking mainland investors protesting alleged gold scam

Victims accuse local company of defrauding them of US$2 million. Youngest gang member arrested was 14 years old.

29 May 2019 - 1:18AM

Victims accuse local company of defrauding them of US$2 million. Youngest gang member arrested was 14 years old.

Anti-triad officers arrest 13 Hong Kong gang members for attacking mainland investors protesting alleged gold scam
Convicted Occupy pair lodge judicial appeals against sentences for roles in Hong Kong’s biggest civil disobedience movement

Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat and ex-student leader Eason Chung both had jail terms suspended.

25 May 2019 - 11:15PM

Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat and ex-student leader Eason Chung both had jail terms suspended.

Convicted Occupy pair lodge judicial appeals against sentences for roles in Hong Kong’s biggest civil disobedience movement
Suspects arrested less than 24 hours after US$395,000 Macau casino robbery

Two men were taken into custody by Zhuhai police as they tried to flee via Gongbei border crossing, while another man and a woman were seized at a hotel after thieves struck at Four Seasons Hotel on Friday.

25 May 2019 - 6:22PM

Two men were taken into custody by Zhuhai police as they tried to flee via Gongbei border crossing, while another man and a woman were seized at a hotel after thieves struck at Four Seasons Hotel on Friday.

Suspects arrested less than 24 hours after US$395,000 Macau casino robbery
Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission to study complaints about Wu Chi-wai, who yelled profanity at Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Equal Opportunities Commission to re-examine whether Wu Chi-wai’s insult breached the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.

22 May 2019 - 10:17PM

Equal Opportunities Commission to re-examine whether Wu Chi-wai’s insult breached the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.

Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission to study complaints about Wu Chi-wai, who yelled profanity at Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Former Philippine Supreme Court official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court ‘held’ by Hong Kong immigration

Conchita Carpio-Morales, the former ombudsman in the Philippines, was free to enter Hong Kong following questioning but decided to return to Manila.

22 May 2019 - 10:27AM

Conchita Carpio-Morales, the former ombudsman in the Philippines, was free to enter Hong Kong following questioning but decided to return to Manila.

Former Philippine Supreme Court official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court ‘held’ by Hong Kong immigration
Investigators return to scene of deadly helicopter crash as questions remain over Hong Kong pilot’s final moments

Witnesses give contradictory statements as to what happened as 130 police officers scour crash site for clues into what caused four-seater aircraft to fall from sky.

21 May 2019 - 8:38AM

Witnesses give contradictory statements as to what happened as 130 police officers scour crash site for clues into what caused four-seater aircraft to fall from sky.

Investigators return to scene of deadly helicopter crash as questions remain over Hong Kong pilot’s final moments
Triad-linked gambling dens in Hong Kong smashed in citywide police operation

Officers say the venues, many of them in central Kowloon, were used to peddle drugs and offer high-interest loans. Two 15-year-olds and several migrants were among 135 people arrested.

18 May 2019 - 11:44PM

Officers say the venues, many of them in central Kowloon, were used to peddle drugs and offer high-interest loans. Two 15-year-olds and several migrants were among 135 people arrested.

Triad-linked gambling dens in Hong Kong smashed in citywide police operation
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighs in on Hong Kong extradition bill and expresses concern about new legislation which ‘threatens rule of law’

Mike Pompeo makes comments in meeting with Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee.

17 May 2019 - 5:59PM

Mike Pompeo makes comments in meeting with Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighs in on Hong Kong extradition bill and expresses concern about new legislation which ‘threatens rule of law’
Hong Kong policeman shoots three times at driver trying to run him over in Tuen Mun

The 24-year-old was hit in the arm and arrested. Superintendent says officer had ‘no other choice’ but to shoot.

12 May 2019 - 9:58PM

The 24-year-old was hit in the arm and arrested. Superintendent says officer had ‘no other choice’ but to shoot.

Hong Kong policeman shoots three times at driver trying to run him over in Tuen Mun
Sign celebrating 20th anniversary of US bombing of China’s Serbian embassy condemned at Hong Kong University

In another furore over provocative signs on campus, university chief says message ‘akin to promoting hate speech’.

14 May 2019 - 5:20PM

In another furore over provocative signs on campus, university chief says message ‘akin to promoting hate speech’.

Sign celebrating 20th anniversary of US bombing of China’s Serbian embassy condemned at Hong Kong University
HPV vaccine patients, many from mainland China, head to AMH Medical Diagnostic Group clinic in Hong Kong after claims that the doses were smuggled into the city

On Friday the sole manufacturer of Gardasil 9 claimed it did not supply the injections in question. Hundreds of customers turned up to demand a refund.

11 May 2019 - 11:32PM

On Friday the sole manufacturer of Gardasil 9 claimed it did not supply the injections in question. Hundreds of customers turned up to demand a refund.

HPV vaccine patients, many from mainland China, head to AMH Medical Diagnostic Group clinic in Hong Kong after claims that the doses were smuggled into the city
Road closed in Central after KMB bus bursts into flames in the heart of Hong Kong

No one was injured in the inferno, and police were investigating the cause.

11 May 2019 - 11:28PM

No one was injured in the inferno, and police were investigating the cause.

Road closed in Central after KMB bus bursts into flames in the heart of Hong Kong
Two injured in fire on yacht off the coast of Hong Kong Island

The cabin of the craft caught fire at 11.24am on Saturday. Two men, aged 58 and 59, were brought to hospital after inhaling smoke.

11 May 2019 - 6:43PM

The cabin of the craft caught fire at 11.24am on Saturday. Two men, aged 58 and 59, were brought to hospital after inhaling smoke.

Two injured in fire on yacht off the coast of Hong Kong Island