Date
9 December 2018
A portion of an outer wall (inset) of the old Wan Chai police station collapsed after being rammed by a truck on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
A portion of an outer wall (inset) of the old Wan Chai police station collapsed after being rammed by a truck on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Truck knocks down outer wall of historic building in Wan Chai

A truck rammed an outer wall of the old Wan Chai police station on Gloucester Road on Sunday, but the 85-year-old main building remained intact, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police, who received a report on the incident at about noon, said half of the wall collapsed with bricks scattered on the sidewalk.

The damaged area was estimated to be 4 by 10 square meters. No one was injured.

The truck driver, 53, was in reverse gear when he crashed the vehicle into the wall, according to a source.

Staff from the Antiquities and Monuments Office arrived at the scene to inspect the damage.

Andrew Lam Siu-lo, who chairs the Antiquities Advisory Board, said the historical value of the compound would not be affected after restoration work.

The station was built in 1932 and declared a grade II historic building in 2009. It is now used by the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force and offices of some governmental agencies.

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