Date
17 October 2018
Police officers arrive at Metro Radio's headquarters in Whampoa Garden after the radio station reported receiving a suspicious parcel containing four packets of white powder on Wednesday. Photo: Internet
Police officers arrive at Metro Radio's headquarters in Whampoa Garden after the radio station reported receiving a suspicious parcel containing four packets of white powder on Wednesday. Photo: Internet

Woman, 41, arrested after Metro Radio receives suspicious parcel

Police arrested a 41-year-old woman after a parcel of suspicious white powder was mailed to Metro Radio’s office in Hung Hom on Wednesday.

Metro Radio, owned by Metro Metro Broadcast Corporation, filed a report to the police shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, saying it received a suspicious parcel containing four packets of white powder at the radio station’s office in Whampoa Garden, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau arrived at the scene soon after the alert and evacuated the station’s staff.

After an investigation, experts said the white powder contained no hazardous ingredients, with some saying it could just be cornstarch. 

Based on the return address on the parcel, the crime squad of Kowloon City police district arrested a female suspect, a Hongkonger, at her flat on Wednesday night and put her under custodial investigation.

The case has been listed as criminal intimidation.

Metro Radio confirmed having received a suspicious parcel, adding that the case is now being handled by the police, Apple Daily reported, citing a spokesperson for the radio station.

White powder sent by mail can trigger a scare because recipients might think it could be a hazardous substance such as anthrax, a biotoxin, as what happened several times in the United States.

Metro Broadcast is jointly owned by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

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