Date
23 March 2017
The elderly man stands directly behind a woman (inset) in an e-Channel at Lo Wu. Photos: HK govt, Apple Daily
The elderly man stands directly behind a woman (inset) in an e-Channel at Lo Wu. Photos: HK govt, Apple Daily

Man, 70, gatecrashes e-Channel at Lo Wu checkpoint

A Hong Kong man aged about 70 followed another person into the e-Channel, an automated immigration clearance facility at the Lo Wu border control point, Apple Daily reports, citing the Immigration Department. 

Immigration staff were alerted, and the man was taken away for questioning.

It was later confirmed that he holds a Hong Kong permanent identity card. No criminal intent was suspected.

However, since he refused to cooperate with immigration officials, they have handed him to police for further investigation.

A man surnamed Wong told the newspaper it was around 5 p.m. Saturday when he saw the elderly man, who was lining up in front of him, suddenly burst through the first of the two gates of an e-Channel, which was being occupied by a woman at the time.

The woman, while waiting to be cleared at the second gate, was shocked when she noticed the man right behind her.

This was when immigration staff showed up and asked the man for identification.

Wong said he suspected that the man might have forgotten to bring his identity card and wanted to find a way to enter mainland China.

Similar gatecrashing attempts have occurred in the past when illegal immigrants tried to enter Hong Kong by squeezing two people with only one identity card into the e-Channel.

There was also an incident in which a mentally handicapped young man tried to go under the e-Channel gates, but he was stopped by officials.

In April last year, a woman climbed out of an e-Channel after waiting a long time for the second gate to open.

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