Needles sticking out of Hong Kong bus seats injure two passengers

Police investigate after three finds – and two injuries – in just over 12 hours on KMB double-deckers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 June, 2018, 6:50pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 2:03pm

Police were investigating on Thursday after three needles were found sticking out of seats on separate buses in Hong Kong, injuring two female passengers in their 20s.

KMB deputy operations director Patrick Pang Shu-hung said the company “treated these incidents seriously and strongly condemned” whoever planted the metal needles on the double-decker buses. The three buses involved all belonged to KMB.

Emphasising that maliciously wounding others was a very serious offence, he said the company had reported the incident to police and would cooperate fully with the investigation.

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A police spokesman said the force had received complaints on Wednesday and Thursday from two members of the public and a bus company worker about the needles. The two female passengers aged 28 and 27 who were injured were treated at Kwong Wah and Yan Chai hospitals respectively.

The cases were recorded as request for police investigation and no arrests have been made.

Pang refused to reveal whether the buses’ surveillance cameras captured any suspects. He said there were nine cameras on board each KMB vehicle.

The first case happened on board a bus on route 41A from Tsim Sha Tsui East to Tsing Yi on Wednesday evening.

Near Yau Ma Tei at 6.40pm, a female passenger hurt her hip on a needle on the bus’s upper deck.

About an hour later, on the top deck of a bus on route 48X between Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan, another female passenger was injured in the thigh by a needle.

And at about 8.20am on Thursday, a passenger found another needle on an 81 bus, which ran between Sha Tin and Jordan.

According to the bus company, the two hurt passengers suffered minor injures, and the three needles found were of different types.

A picture of an upright needle protruding from a KMB bus seat, point aimed upwards, was posted online.

The company had started to check all buses for other suspicious objects, Pang said. He appealed to anyone who finds anything suspicious on a bus to report it to police or the driver.

Two pictures of needles similarly sticking out of KMB seats were posted online on January 29 and February 9, according to the company. Pang said it did not report the pictures to police as staff could not establish when and where the pictures were taken.