Christy Leung

Christy Leung

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

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Police officers ‘received verbal warnings’ for holding reporters’ identity cards in front of live-streaming cameras during Hong Kong protests

Force insider admits a sergeant and a constable were not sensitive enough while handling personal data and have been verbally warned.

22 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

Force insider admits a sergeant and a constable were not sensitive enough while handling personal data and have been verbally warned.

Police officers ‘received verbal warnings’ for holding reporters’ identity cards in front of live-streaming cameras during Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong’s biggest police union slams ‘shameless’ and ‘despicable’ organiser of rally after attacks on four plain-clothes officers

Junior Police Officers’ Association accuses group spokesman of inciting the crowd, resulting in four officers being surrounded and beaten up.

20 Jan 2020 - 11:00PM

Junior Police Officers’ Association accuses group spokesman of inciting the crowd, resulting in four officers being surrounded and beaten up.

Hong Kong’s biggest police union slams ‘shameless’ and ‘despicable’ organiser of rally after attacks on four plain-clothes officers
Hong Kong police send out detectives for patrols as anti-government protests lead to crime surge

CID officers join beat colleagues on the streets to tackle rise in reported burglaries and robberies during the anti-government unrest.

20 Jan 2020 - 11:44AM

CID officers join beat colleagues on the streets to tackle rise in reported burglaries and robberies during the anti-government unrest.

Hong Kong police send out detectives for patrols as anti-government protests lead to crime surge
New chief, new tactics: Hong Kong police act more swiftly to round up masked radicals when protests turn ugly

Police discard previous slow response, switch to battle mode against violent protests.

20 Jan 2020 - 9:56AM

Police discard previous slow response, switch to battle mode against violent protests.

New chief, new tactics: Hong Kong police act more swiftly to round up masked radicals when protests turn ugly
Notorious Hong Kong gangster Kwai Ping-hung released from prison ahead of deportation to US

One of Hong Kong’s most notorious gangsters was released from prison on Saturday morning under heavy security after 16 years behind bars, and has been taken to the airport ahead of his deportation to the United States.

18 Jan 2020 - 11:22PM

One of Hong Kong’s most notorious gangsters was released from prison on Saturday morning under heavy security after 16 years behind bars, and has been taken to the airport ahead of his deportation to the United States.

Notorious Hong Kong gangster Kwai Ping-hung released from prison ahead of deportation to US
The last goodbye: Hong Kong’s ‘King of Thieves’ Kwai Ping-hung spends final night behind bars playing games and chatting to inmates

Notorious gangster given fish and rice for last supper which he ate alone in his cell. On Saturday he will be released and immediately deported to the US.

17 Jan 2020 - 11:09PM

Notorious gangster given fish and rice for last supper which he ate alone in his cell. On Saturday he will be released and immediately deported to the US.

The last goodbye: Hong Kong’s ‘King of Thieves’ Kwai Ping-hung spends final night behind bars playing games and chatting to inmates
Hong Kong police consider arming officers with electroshock devices and net guns amid protests

Electroshock weapons such as tasers and less powerful devices assessed for their suitability for frontline policing.

21 Jan 2020 - 1:57PM

Electroshock weapons such as tasers and less powerful devices assessed for their suitability for frontline policing.

Hong Kong police consider arming officers with electroshock devices and net guns amid protests
Hong Kong protests making investigations into corruption more complex, ICAC says, despite drop in number of cases lodged

Independent Commission Against Corruption pledges to look thoroughly into case of police handling of Yuen Long attacks, but does not reveal further details.

14 Jan 2020 - 11:53PM

Independent Commission Against Corruption pledges to look thoroughly into case of police handling of Yuen Long attacks, but does not reveal further details.

Hong Kong protests making investigations into corruption more complex, ICAC says, despite drop in number of cases lodged
Notorious Hong Kong gangster Kwai Ping-hung to be released from prison this week, and will be immediately deported to United States

Dubbed the ‘King of Thieves’, Kwai was responsible for violent crime spree that spanned 30 years, and the US passport holder will be deported to the United States immediately after he gets out.

12 Jan 2020 - 12:13AM

Dubbed the ‘King of Thieves’, Kwai was responsible for violent crime spree that spanned 30 years, and the US passport holder will be deported to the United States immediately after he gets out.

Notorious Hong Kong gangster Kwai Ping-hung to be released from prison this week, and will be immediately deported to United States
Hong Kong unrest: legal row after police take away protester from British consulate

Disagreement over whether officers had the right to enforce the law at the diplomatic site. But one police source says UK staff had called officers in.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:54PM

Disagreement over whether officers had the right to enforce the law at the diplomatic site. But one police source says UK staff had called officers in.

Hong Kong unrest: legal row after police take away protester from British consulate
‘My conscience is clear’: elite officers from disciplined forces roped in to help police amid Hong Kong’s protest violence share their side of the story

Groups include ‘prison flying tigers’ from correctional services, who share the brunt of public anger against police. Verbal abuse and being called ‘dogs’, as well as constantly having to assure worried family members, are part of the job.

11 Jan 2020 - 11:06PM

Groups include ‘prison flying tigers’ from correctional services, who share the brunt of public anger against police. Verbal abuse and being called ‘dogs’, as well as constantly having to assure worried family members, are part of the job.

‘My conscience is clear’: elite officers from disciplined forces roped in to help police amid Hong Kong’s protest violence share their side of the story
Seven rescued in waters off Hong Kong’s Lantau Island after fishing boat sinks, but hunt still on for one missing person

Marine police and firefighters were called to the scene in Sha Lo Wan after a report at 6.18pm.

4 Jan 2020 - 11:03PM

Marine police and firefighters were called to the scene in Sha Lo Wan after a report at 6.18pm.

Seven rescued in waters off Hong Kong’s Lantau Island after fishing boat sinks, but hunt still on for one missing person
Senior part-time Hong Kong police officer suspended over suspected leaking of protest operational plans on New Year’s Eve

The 48-year-old acting auxiliary police superintendent, surnamed Lo, is the first officer to be suspended over misconduct allegations since protests began in June.

4 Jan 2020 - 3:07AM

The 48-year-old acting auxiliary police superintendent, surnamed Lo, is the first officer to be suspended over misconduct allegations since protests began in June.

Senior part-time Hong Kong police officer suspended over suspected leaking of protest operational plans on New Year’s Eve
China pneumonia outbreak raises spectre of Sars as number infected jumps to 44

A further 121 people in Wuhan are under medical observation, while experts say the virus could be a new strain.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

A further 121 people in Wuhan are under medical observation, while experts say the virus could be a new strain.

China pneumonia outbreak raises spectre of Sars as number infected jumps to 44
Hong Kong drug seizures surge 74 per cent to HK$1.9 billion so far this year as syndicates become brazen amid protest chaos

Two record cases recently uncovered by authorities involved terrorist drug ‘chemical courage’ and crystal meth, with syndicates thought to be getting more brazen as law enforcement manpower is stretched.

23 Dec 2019 - 12:00PM

Two record cases recently uncovered by authorities involved terrorist drug ‘chemical courage’ and crystal meth, with syndicates thought to be getting more brazen as law enforcement manpower is stretched.

Hong Kong drug seizures surge 74 per cent to HK$1.9 billion so far this year as syndicates become brazen amid protest chaos
Hong Kong police seize 1,600 cannabis plants worth US$3.8 million in New Territories raids

Officers recovery 1,600 plants and arrest four men in operations in Sheung Shui and Pat Heung.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:35PM

Officers recovery 1,600 plants and arrest four men in operations in Sheung Shui and Pat Heung.

Hong Kong police seize 1,600 cannabis plants worth US$3.8 million in New Territories raids
Man who fired live round at police believed to be part of earlier case in which officers seized bombs and firearms linked to Hong Kong protests

Suspect, 18, fires one live round at officers as they intercept him at a residential estate. Insider says he and others still at large could be linked to bomb and ammunitions discovery.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:35PM

Suspect, 18, fires one live round at officers as they intercept him at a residential estate. Insider says he and others still at large could be linked to bomb and ammunitions discovery.

Man who fired live round at police believed to be part of earlier case in which officers seized bombs and firearms linked to Hong Kong protests
HSBC distances itself from police crackdown on protest fundraiser accused of money laundering

Legal experts say public contributions to Spark Alliance HK, which helped anti-government protesters, cannot amount to money laundering.

21 Dec 2019 - 10:24AM

Legal experts say public contributions to Spark Alliance HK, which helped anti-government protesters, cannot amount to money laundering.

HSBC distances itself from police crackdown on protest fundraiser accused of money laundering
Police freeze HK$70 million raised by Spark Alliance for Hong Kong protesters, with group suspected of using money for personal gain and rewards

Four people related to fundraising platform Spark Alliance were arrested, with the force alleging money was spent on insurance products and to lure teens into joining protests.

20 Dec 2019 - 12:52PM

Four people related to fundraising platform Spark Alliance were arrested, with the force alleging money was spent on insurance products and to lure teens into joining protests.

Police freeze HK$70 million raised by Spark Alliance for Hong Kong protesters, with group suspected of using money for personal gain and rewards
Hong Kong protests: police commander in charge of Polytechnic University siege hits out at accusations of ‘humanitarian crisis’

Allowing people to walk free after trashing a university and disrupting major roads would be crisis for city’s rule of law, Cheuk Hau-yip says.

19 Dec 2019 - 12:04PM

Allowing people to walk free after trashing a university and disrupting major roads would be crisis for city’s rule of law, Cheuk Hau-yip says.

Hong Kong protests: police commander in charge of Polytechnic University siege hits out at accusations of ‘humanitarian crisis’
Hong Kong police foil second bomb plot in under a week and arrest three men allegedly testing explosive devices and chemicals

Remote-controlled devices were intended for use at mass protests but it was unclear which chemicals or explosives were involved, police said.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:39PM

Remote-controlled devices were intended for use at mass protests but it was unclear which chemicals or explosives were involved, police said.

Hong Kong police foil second bomb plot in under a week and arrest three men allegedly testing explosive devices and chemicals
Five teens arrested over Hong Kong protest clashes that claimed life of 70-year-old man

Girl, 15, among those held on Friday in relation to fight between protesters and residents in Sheung Shui last month.

16 Dec 2019 - 9:06AM

Girl, 15, among those held on Friday in relation to fight between protesters and residents in Sheung Shui last month.

Five teens arrested over Hong Kong protest clashes that claimed life of 70-year-old man
One in five Hongkongers living below the poverty line in 2018, as concern groups warn falling economy may cause situation to get worse

Following policy interventions, the number dropped from 1.4 million to just over 1 million but still remained higher than 2017 figure.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:52PM

Following policy interventions, the number dropped from 1.4 million to just over 1 million but still remained higher than 2017 figure.

One in five Hongkongers living below the poverty line in 2018, as concern groups warn falling economy may cause situation to get worse
Almost HK$1 billion spent on police overtime pay since Hong Kong protests broke out in June

The amount was revealed in a government paper as Hong Kong lawmakers met to scrutinise the government’s funding request for a pay rise for civil servants.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:53PM

The amount was revealed in a government paper as Hong Kong lawmakers met to scrutinise the government’s funding request for a pay rise for civil servants.

Almost HK$1 billion spent on police overtime pay since Hong Kong protests broke out in June
New Zealand volcano: Two Hongkongers believed to be among those missing following White Island’s eruption

The names of a 69-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, said to be from the city, have been included in a list of dozens of missing people.

11 Dec 2019 - 8:25AM

The names of a 69-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, said to be from the city, have been included in a list of dozens of missing people.

New Zealand volcano: Two Hongkongers believed to be among those missing following White Island’s eruption
Bombers planned attack on officers at Sunday’s protest march, Hong Kong police say after two home-made devices found at Wan Chai school

Detectives believe group abandoned plot after associates arrested in raid ahead of pro-democracy procession on Hong Kong Island, which drew hundreds of thousands.

11 Dec 2019 - 3:25PM

Detectives believe group abandoned plot after associates arrested in raid ahead of pro-democracy procession on Hong Kong Island, which drew hundreds of thousands.

Bombers planned attack on officers at Sunday’s protest march, Hong Kong police say after two home-made devices found at Wan Chai school
Hong Kong police halve the number of parking tickets issued as protests take toll on traffic enforcement

Fixed parking penalties down from monthly average of 162,000 to 72,000 following outbreak of demonstrations. Traffic officers redeployed and wardens patrolling less fearing attacks, says insider.

9 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM

Fixed parking penalties down from monthly average of 162,000 to 72,000 following outbreak of demonstrations. Traffic officers redeployed and wardens patrolling less fearing attacks, says insider.

Hong Kong police halve the number of parking tickets issued as protests take toll on traffic enforcement
Cocaine wrapped as Christmas gifts seized at Hong Kong airport, two men due in court

Suspects set to appear before magistrates charged with drug trafficking. Customs took hold of HK$30 million worth of the drug at the airport.

8 Dec 2019 - 9:44PM

Suspects set to appear before magistrates charged with drug trafficking. Customs took hold of HK$30 million worth of the drug at the airport.

Cocaine wrapped as Christmas gifts seized at Hong Kong airport, two men due in court
New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang tells top Beijing officials that ‘hard and soft’ tactics will be used to thwart protest crisis

Chris Tang stresses that toughness has nothing to do with the potential deployment of People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:13PM

Chris Tang stresses that toughness has nothing to do with the potential deployment of People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

New Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang tells top Beijing officials that ‘hard and soft’ tactics will be used to thwart protest crisis
Hundreds join Hong Kong rally against use of tear gas, as protester group claims some of those exposed to smoke suffer rashes, diarrhoea or have coughed up blood

Protest at Edinburgh Place in Central held although officials have repeatedly dismissed fears that tear gas is toxic.

7 Dec 2019 - 3:17AM

Protest at Edinburgh Place in Central held although officials have repeatedly dismissed fears that tear gas is toxic.

Hundreds join Hong Kong rally against use of tear gas, as protester group claims some of those exposed to smoke suffer rashes, diarrhoea or have coughed up blood