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Crime in Hong Kong

Woman ends stand-off with Hong Kong police after climbing onto 40th-floor ledge

  • Police negotiators and firefighters called to Tin Fu Court, Tin Shui Wai
  • Woman goes back inside after four hours
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 December, 2018, 6:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 December, 2018, 8:32am

A distressed woman with a baby in her arms was talked down from a 40th-floor window ledge on Thursday afternoon in northern Hong Kong, after a four-hour stand-off.

Emergency services were called to the Tin Fu Court housing estate on Tin Sau Road, Tin Shui Wai, just after midday, when the woman, with the baby, was found outside on the top floor of Sin Fu House.

A law enforcement source said that, when police and fire officers arrived, the woman was emotional and threatening to jump.

Soon after 4.30pm, the woman and the baby returned to the flat, according to police.

Police negotiators had been called in when she refused to go back inside, according to a force spokesman.

Firefighters had inflated an air cushion below the building, and rescue officers were on standby. The open area outside the building was cordoned off.

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People who are distressed or in need of support can contact the Samaritan Befrienders’ 24-hour hotline on 2389 2222; the Suicide Prevention Services on 2382 0000; or the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care on 2868 1211. A hotline for those who have lost a loved one to suicide is available at 2382 2737.