Date
19 November 2017
A CCTV footage (left) shows the scene of a firebomb attack in Hong Tsai Street on Monday. Firemen (right) look for clues.
Photos: Cable TV, Facebook
A CCTV footage (left) shows the scene of a firebomb attack in Hong Tsai Street on Monday. Firemen (right) look for clues. Photos: Cable TV, Facebook

Police probe online arson call against parallel traders

Police investigations are continuing into an online campaign inciting people to burn parallel import shops in Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui district.

Police said three men surnamed Au, 19, Cheng, 19 and Lee, 18 instigated the campaign, targeting a shop at 188 San Wan Road on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Officers arrested Au Sunday morning and found a map and lighters in his possession, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday, citing Chan Chan-wing, deputy senior superintendent of the New Territories North regional crime unit. 

Cheng and Lee were arrested eight hours later, the report said.

On Monday evening, a shop in Hong Tsai Street was firebombed, sending customers scampering to safety and leaving unspecified damage but no injuries.

Leung Kam-sing, convenor of the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group, said parallel traders are a great nuisance to Sheung Shui residents.

He urged the government and lawmakers to look into the problem more closely.

North district council chairman So Sai-chi said no shops should be targeted if they are doing legitimate business.

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