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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Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

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Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Hong Kong secondary school student dies during physical education class in Tsuen Wan

A 19-year-old student at Lui Ming Choi Lutheran College collapses at Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground, autopsy to determine cause of death.

18 Mar 2019 - 5:52PM
Hong Kong secondary school student dies during physical education class in Tsuen Wan

A 19-year-old student at Lui Ming Choi Lutheran College collapses at Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground, autopsy to determine cause of death.

Amina Bokhary sent to psychiatric facility for assessment as trial for assault is adjourned

The trial of a Hong Kong woman who has gained citywide notoriety for her family name and past brushes with the law was adjourned on Monday afternoon.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:55PM
Amina Bokhary sent to psychiatric facility for assessment as trial for assault is adjourned

The trial of a Hong Kong woman who has gained citywide notoriety for her family name and past brushes with the law was adjourned on Monday afternoon.

How Hong Kong firefighters battled fireballs sparked by charcoal-filled containers in port

Unusual situation sparked by cargo offloaded at Tuen Mun terminal, involving 11,000 bags of fine charcoal powder. Containers caught fire at different times, requiring crews to empty all units.

18 Mar 2019 - 12:06PM
How Hong Kong firefighters battled fireballs sparked by charcoal-filled containers in port

Unusual situation sparked by cargo offloaded at Tuen Mun terminal, involving 11,000 bags of fine charcoal powder. Containers caught fire at different times, requiring crews to empty all units.

Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, wanted by police for skipping bail hearing

The 42-year-old was supposed to report to police regarding her latest arrest in January, but she never showed up.

17 Mar 2019 - 7:46PM
Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, wanted by police for skipping bail hearing

The 42-year-old was supposed to report to police regarding her latest arrest in January, but she never showed up.

More than HK$1.4 million in valuables stolen in daylight robbery at Hong Kong jewellery store

Suspect took about 110 pieces of jewellery after showing salesmen a pistol-like object, but it was unclear whether man was really armed.

14 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM
More than HK$1.4 million in valuables stolen in daylight robbery at Hong Kong jewellery store

Suspect took about 110 pieces of jewellery after showing salesmen a pistol-like object, but it was unclear whether man was really armed.

Ombudsman report shows four Hong Kong yacht clubs to be making profits charging members to use publicly owned moorings

Submitting her last report before stepping down, Connie Lau called on the government to review the allocation policy and to regulate the subletting of berths.

13 Mar 2019 - 4:33AM
Ombudsman report shows four Hong Kong yacht clubs to be making profits charging members to use publicly owned moorings

Submitting her last report before stepping down, Connie Lau called on the government to review the allocation policy and to regulate the subletting of berths.

Ombudsman slams health department for failing to investigate why one-third of schoolchildren failed to show up for health checks

More than 200,000 school students gave their health checks under a government scheme a miss.

12 Mar 2019 - 10:55PM
Ombudsman slams health department for failing to investigate why one-third of schoolchildren failed to show up for health checks

More than 200,000 school students gave their health checks under a government scheme a miss.

11 passengers hurt as double-decker bus and truck collide near Hong Kong International Airport

The accident took place outside Asia Airfreight Terminal on Chun Ping Road at around 9.40pm.

10 Mar 2019 - 12:11AM
11 passengers hurt as double-decker bus and truck collide near Hong Kong International Airport

The accident took place outside Asia Airfreight Terminal on Chun Ping Road at around 9.40pm.

Customs haul of illicit heat-not-burn cigarettes jumps by 32 per cent after announcement of Hong Kong ban

Demand believed to be fuelled by stockpiling efforts before proposed law kicks in. Some users are unfazed by legislation because buyers will not be prosecuted and they expect to get products on black market.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM
Customs haul of illicit heat-not-burn cigarettes jumps by 32 per cent after announcement of Hong Kong ban

Demand believed to be fuelled by stockpiling efforts before proposed law kicks in. Some users are unfazed by legislation because buyers will not be prosecuted and they expect to get products on black market.

Cannabis on duty gets Hong Kong emergency ward doctor arrested and suspended

Tuen Mun Hospital is going through Dr Yan Yuk-yu’s recent record to make sure patients got the right treatment.

9 Mar 2019 - 5:24AM
Cannabis on duty gets Hong Kong emergency ward doctor arrested and suspended

Tuen Mun Hospital is going through Dr Yan Yuk-yu’s recent record to make sure patients got the right treatment.

Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong granted extension of stay until early April

Immigration Department lets them stay in city as ‘tolerated overstayers’ on humanitarian grounds.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM
Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong granted extension of stay until early April

Immigration Department lets them stay in city as ‘tolerated overstayers’ on humanitarian grounds.

Hong Kong pro-democracy group travels to Taiwan to discuss fugitive extradition proposal, risking wrath from Beijing

Group visits to compare notes after official says Taipei won’t sign any deal that implies Taiwan is part of China.

17 Mar 2019 - 3:39PM
Hong Kong pro-democracy group travels to Taiwan to discuss fugitive extradition proposal, risking wrath from Beijing

Group visits to compare notes after official says Taipei won’t sign any deal that implies Taiwan is part of China.

Jailed Hong Kong property mogul Thomas Kwok to be released on March 21

Former joint chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties has been in prison since 2014, with interlude of nearly a year when he was bailed pending appeal.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM
Jailed Hong Kong property mogul Thomas Kwok to be released on March 21

Former joint chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties has been in prison since 2014, with interlude of nearly a year when he was bailed pending appeal.

Four held after Hong Kong kick boxer seriously injured in knife attack by gang as he parked car in Tsim Sha Tsui

Ronald Wong, 24, who has represented Hong Kong in Muay Thai, was parking his car on Cameron Road when a group of five pounced on him.

6 Mar 2019 - 12:31AM
Four held after Hong Kong kick boxer seriously injured in knife attack by gang as he parked car in Tsim Sha Tsui

Ronald Wong, 24, who has represented Hong Kong in Muay Thai, was parking his car on Cameron Road when a group of five pounced on him.

Hong Kong police’s highest-ranked woman ever, Winnie Chiu, on a career spanning riots, repatriations and Occupy

Winnie Chiu will become the government watchdog from April, hoping to ‘contribute even more’.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:59AM
Hong Kong police’s highest-ranked woman ever, Winnie Chiu, on a career spanning riots, repatriations and Occupy

Winnie Chiu will become the government watchdog from April, hoping to ‘contribute even more’.

Expansion of Hong Kong’s historic Kwong Wah Hospital set to continue after water level concerns
  • Hospital Authority says concern over water level will not affect historic monuments at the facility established in Yau Ma Tei district of Kowloon in 1911.
27 Feb 2019 - 10:40PM
Expansion of Hong Kong’s historic Kwong Wah Hospital set to continue after water level concerns
  • Hospital Authority says concern over water level will not affect historic monuments at the facility established in Yau Ma Tei district of Kowloon in 1911.
Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong remain hopeful as deadline approaches despite no response to their emergency asylum request in third country

With just one day to go before the asylum they were granted in December expires, the two sisters – now living in Hong Kong – still hope for the best. They fled their family while on holiday in September and say the Saudi consulate in the city tried to abduct them and put them on a flight to Riyadh.

28 Feb 2019 - 8:55PM
Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong remain hopeful as deadline approaches despite no response to their emergency asylum request in third country

With just one day to go before the asylum they were granted in December expires, the two sisters – now living in Hong Kong – still hope for the best. They fled their family while on holiday in September and say the Saudi consulate in the city tried to abduct them and put them on a flight to Riyadh.

Proposal to hand over fugitives to mainland China, Taiwan and Macau is necessary, says Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng

Teresa Cheng told reporters that the Security Bureau’s plan was needed to plug legal loopholes and ensure justice is seen to be done. Top US envoy warned that a move to extradite fugitives to mainland could hurt bilateral legal arrangements between Hong Kong and US if details are not right.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:23AM
Proposal to hand over fugitives to mainland China, Taiwan and Macau is necessary, says Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng

Teresa Cheng told reporters that the Security Bureau’s plan was needed to plug legal loopholes and ensure justice is seen to be done. Top US envoy warned that a move to extradite fugitives to mainland could hurt bilateral legal arrangements between Hong Kong and US if details are not right.

Hong Kong man dies after truck tyre he was inflating explodes
  • Mechanic, 57, dies after a tyre explodes while being inflated. ‘He fell to the ground unconscious,’ police say.
25 Feb 2019 - 11:41PM
Hong Kong man dies after truck tyre he was inflating explodes
  • Mechanic, 57, dies after a tyre explodes while being inflated. ‘He fell to the ground unconscious,’ police say.
Highest-ranking woman in Hong Kong police’s history, Winnie Chiu, to head up government watchdog

Winnie Chiu, who will succeed Connie Lau, was the first woman to ever hold role of deputy police commissioner.

22 Feb 2019 - 11:29PM
Highest-ranking woman in Hong Kong police’s history, Winnie Chiu, to head up government watchdog

Winnie Chiu, who will succeed Connie Lau, was the first woman to ever hold role of deputy police commissioner.

HK$180,000 of heat-not-burn cigarettes seized by Hong Kong customs ahead of ban, prompting concerns of stockpiling by smugglers

Source says Customs is monitoring whether syndicates are stockpiling alternative smoking products before new law takes effect.

22 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM
HK$180,000 of heat-not-burn cigarettes seized by Hong Kong customs ahead of ban, prompting concerns of stockpiling by smugglers

Source says Customs is monitoring whether syndicates are stockpiling alternative smoking products before new law takes effect.

Saudi sisters on run from consular staff after renouncing Muslim faith were ‘kidnapped at Hong Kong airport’

Pair were bound for Australia after fleeing family during holiday to Sri Lanka, but they were allegedly apprehended by Saudi consular staff at Hong Kong airport, and Cathay Pacific cancelled their connecting flight to Melbourne.

22 Feb 2019 - 6:04PM
Saudi sisters on run from consular staff after renouncing Muslim faith were ‘kidnapped at Hong Kong airport’

Pair were bound for Australia after fleeing family during holiday to Sri Lanka, but they were allegedly apprehended by Saudi consular staff at Hong Kong airport, and Cathay Pacific cancelled their connecting flight to Melbourne.

41 Hongkongers with travel agencies Jetour and Premium Holidays caught up in fatal robbery at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica hotel in Peru

Peruvian tour guide killed and two holidaymakers robbed of phone and passport in Puerto Maldonado near Amazon rainforest.

22 Feb 2019 - 8:33AM
41 Hongkongers with travel agencies Jetour and Premium Holidays caught up in fatal robbery at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica hotel in Peru

Peruvian tour guide killed and two holidaymakers robbed of phone and passport in Puerto Maldonado near Amazon rainforest.

Man ‘hid packs of cocaine’ in red envelope traditionally given as gesture of goodwill during Lunar New Year

Officers they found 35 packs of suspected cocaine hidden in envelope bearing words ‘fortune comes with blooming flowers’.

21 Feb 2019 - 3:10PM
Man ‘hid packs of cocaine’ in red envelope traditionally given as gesture of goodwill during Lunar New Year

Officers they found 35 packs of suspected cocaine hidden in envelope bearing words ‘fortune comes with blooming flowers’.

13 struck by food poisoning in Hong Kong after eating at Crowne Plaza hotel’s dinner buffet

Six men and seven women, aged 24 to 42, fell ill about 14 to 61 hours after dining at the hotel’s Kudos restaurant, health officials said.

21 Feb 2019 - 2:56AM
13 struck by food poisoning in Hong Kong after eating at Crowne Plaza hotel’s dinner buffet

Six men and seven women, aged 24 to 42, fell ill about 14 to 61 hours after dining at the hotel’s Kudos restaurant, health officials said.

Man, 18, arrested for trying to steal pair of watches worth HK$1 million from Hong Kong shop while staff were not looking

Suspect took the two watches when sales staff at Emperor Watch And Jewellery in Wan Chai were not paying attention, police said.

19 Feb 2019 - 11:21PM
Man, 18, arrested for trying to steal pair of watches worth HK$1 million from Hong Kong shop while staff were not looking

Suspect took the two watches when sales staff at Emperor Watch And Jewellery in Wan Chai were not paying attention, police said.

Hong Kong customs officers seize HK$9.8 million of cocaine in second arrest of suspected smuggler arriving in city from Brazil this month

Hongkonger travelling from Brazil arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling had 8.2kg of drug in checked baggage.

19 Feb 2019 - 6:06AM
Hong Kong customs officers seize HK$9.8 million of cocaine in second arrest of suspected smuggler arriving in city from Brazil this month

Hongkonger travelling from Brazil arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling had 8.2kg of drug in checked baggage.

Firefighter who soothed Hong Kong kindergarten pupils after bus crash tells how empathy helped him to ‘save hearts’ of upset infants

Chan Yee-leung, 39, said he acted as if the children, aged two to five, were his own daughters.

14 Feb 2019 - 12:24PM
Firefighter who soothed Hong Kong kindergarten pupils after bus crash tells how empathy helped him to ‘save hearts’ of upset infants

Chan Yee-leung, 39, said he acted as if the children, aged two to five, were his own daughters.

The unscrupulous recruiters charging Hong Kong builders HK$500 a day to get them a job

Independent Commission Against Corruption reveals complaints have almost tripled over past two years.

11 Feb 2019 - 8:00AM
The unscrupulous recruiters charging Hong Kong builders HK$500 a day to get them a job

Independent Commission Against Corruption reveals complaints have almost tripled over past two years.

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