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Two Hong Kong women who went missing while traveling to a mountainous area in Japan have been found safe after they causing the local police inevitable trouble. The duo who are in their 30s, both surnamed Lo were scheduled to check into the Raichoso hotel near Murodou Station of Tateyama prefecture on Wednesday but failed to turn up. The station about 2,400 meters above sea level was the starting point for the magnificent Yukino Outani. It is a Snow Valley, a famous tourist attraction popular with the Hong Kong tourists.
The hotel decided to call the police after the pair had not shown up by 9 pm, Apple Daily reported. A search in the mountains by a helicopter failed to find any trace of them on Thursday morning. According to the local media, the pair sent an e-mail to their travel agent on Wednesday afternoon saying they got lost and were unable to get to the hotel due to heavy snow. That was the last time they were in contact. In reply to media inquiries the Immigration Department confirmed on Thursday that the two were safe. With the help of the Chinese consulate general in Nagoya, the department said it contacted the two women, who said nothing happened to them except that they changed their plans without notifying the hotel.
Japanese netizens who learned about the incident criticized the duo for being reckless. Some said they should be asked to pay for the search. Hong Kong netizens also slammed the pair, saying they may have caused Japanese hotel operators to lose confidence in Hong Kong tourists. A travel expert told Ming Pao Daily that the incident could damage the reputation of Hong Kong tourists, saying Japanese hotel operators value customer integrity.
Police have arrested a Vietnamese man on suspicion of robbing three convenience stores with an axe. The robberies occurred on April 18th, 23rd and 25th in Tuen Mun, Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok, respectively. All robberies involved 7-Eleven stores. The Regional Crime Unit of the North New Territories made the arrest after going through CCTV footage and witnesses accounts, news website hk01 reports. Officers picked up the suspect in Tsing Chui Path in Tuen Mun at around 1:30 am on Wednesday. The suspect tried to escape but was subdued.
Police superintendent Li Kwai Wah said officers had a hard time locating the suspect and was said to be a torture claimant because he does not have a permanent address. Li said the suspect confessed to the robberies under police caution and with the help of an interpreter.
The suspect would wait for the store to be empty before brandishing the axe and threatening the cashier in Cantonese for cash, investigators said. The three stores lost a combined HK$20,261. The money has not been recovered. The man said he abandoned the axe in the Tung Chau Street Temporary Market in Sham Shui Po but officers who accompanied him to the scene found nothing.
The suspect entered Hong Kong in 2015 and applied to become a torture claimant, police said.
A 51-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested late Tuesday after he was found to have cultivated cannabis plants inside a village house in Kau Lung Hang in Tai Po area. According to news website HK01.com, the police’s Tai Po district special duties squad collected intelligence on the illegal cannabis farm in Tai Po about a month ago. Officers stormed the village house at about 9:45 pm and seized around 1,700 cannabis plants estimated to be worth at least HK$40 million. The three-storey building, which has total floor space of 2,100 square feet, was raided after a month-long investigation.
While police officers are still gathering evidence from the scene, it is believed that the cannabis at the site was mainly targeted for retail sales in the New Territories, Apple Daily reports.Tuesday’s action marked the biggest raid by the narcotics team in the last decade in Hong Kong. Authorities are continuing to investigate possible leads to determine who else may have been involved in the cannabis operation.
The parents of two young boys were arrested for child neglect on Monday after their grandmother found them home alone in Aberdeen. Police arrested the 26-year-old father surnamed Lai and his 20-year-old wife surnamed Lau, Headline Daily reports. The two young boys 20 months old and eight months old, were sent to hospital for check-ups with no visible injuries. According to reports the family of four lived in a flat in Aberdeen with both parents jobless. The father has a criminal record of causing bodily harm. The couple have frequently quarrelled over their relationship a they would often go out leaving their children unattended. The boys’ grandmother, surnamed Tsang had to come in to look after them from her own apartment in Shek Pai Wan.
On Monday after the couple had a fight over money they stormed out of the flat leaving behind the two young boys. Tsang, who learned about the situation from her son found the door open when she got to the couple’s flat. The Social Welfare Department said the family was previously followed up by non-governmental organizations and that they had contacted them about their situation.
Officers received a report at 9.30am on Sunday that a woman, surnamed Huang, 46, had been splashed with corrosive liquid and stabbedafter an argument at a flat in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. The victim, suffering burns to 70 per cent of her body, was unconscious and in a life threatening condition when sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan, Assistant District Commander Chung Chi-ming said. She was later transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.
The 48-year-old suspect, surnamed Dan, suffered minor head injuries and burns to her arms. She was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei. Dan went up to the flat carrying a 10-inch fruit knife and a bottle of drain cleaner, Chung said. “We believe the injured person runs a foot spa parlour in Sham Shui Po and the arrested person is her employee,” he added. “We believe the attack is related to a monetary dispute. The arrested person had previously borrowed money from the victim.”
Dan was held in police custody overnight and the case is being investigated by the force’s Mong Kok district crime unit. Recently, a mother of two was jailed for six years and eight months in February for throwing a highly acidic drain cleaner after a lovers’ spat in 2015. In one of Hong Kong’s most high profile acid attacks, nine men received jail sentences of nine to 15 years in 2009 for attacking barrister Neil Mitchell with diluted sulphuric acid.