Police released without charges a group of five local and foreign thrill-seekers, aged 21 to 27, after they were caught climbing to the top of Tsing Ma Bridge to perform rooftopping stunts.
The incident took place before 8 a.m. on Sunday when staff at the Tsing Ma Control Area saw on security cameras five people sitting on top of the 206-meter-high bridge and taking photos of themselves, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The staff called police, who sent officers to accost the three men and two women, who were not wearing any protective gear, and ask them to come down.
After they returned to the ground safe and sound, the five were taken to the administration building of the Tsing Ma Control Area for investigation, Sing Tao Daily reported.
A check on the identities of the group showed two were Hongkongers, two came from the mainland and one was a Canadian who claimed to be a photographer.
They told police they just wanted to take photos and did not know it was illegal to climb the bridge.
Under the Tsing Ma Control Area Ordinance, any person found inside any building or facility in the Control Area without permission could face a fine of up to HK$5,000 and a jail term of up to six months upon conviction, the Transport Department said.
Police released the five after noting down their personal information as their acts involved no criminal elements and no damage to property was found.
Hours after their release, a photo was uploaded onto an Instagram account, showing a masked man sitting on top of Tsing Ma Bridge with his hands holding one the main steel cables in the center of the bridge and his body leaning on the cables on the other side, Ming Pao Daily reported.
However, it was not clear if the man on Instagram was one of the five arrested earlier.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said anyone who climbs the bridge without permission from authorities is committing an offense and may well be prosecuted, although police often exercise their discretion in dealing with such a case.
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