Date
23 October 2017
Traders gather outside the Advanced Technology Center in Sheung Shui where two suspected parallel traders (right photos) jumped from a second-floor unit to avoid arrest. Photos: Apple Daily
Traders gather outside the Advanced Technology Center in Sheung Shui where two suspected parallel traders (right photos) jumped from a second-floor unit to avoid arrest. Photos: Apple Daily

Suspected parallel traders jump off building to avoid arrest

Two mainland women suspected to be parallel traders ended up in hospital after trying to evade arrest.

They jumped from the second floor of a building in Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui district as police closed in, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

The women, aged 58 and 51, suffered injuries to their feet after jumping from a second-floor unit in the Advanced Technology Center, a known haven for parallel traders.

One sustained a broken bone. Both were released from hospital after receiving treatment.

The police visited the building after getting an anonymous call about a fight.

They found eight men and women in the unit, along with a large stash of commodities.

The suspects panicked when they saw the police and scrambled for the exits, with the two women jumping off the building.

A 49-year-old Hong Kong woman threatened to jump during a tense face-off with the officers but was persuaded to stand down.

Officers said the anonymous caller might have used the fight as a pretext to trigger a police raid on the premises, adding they found no evidence of a commotion.

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