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September
LCSD's law enforcement against wax burning and littering on Mid-Autumn Festival

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As at midnight yesterday (September 11), a total of eight summons were booked and 6127 verbal warnings were given to members of the public during the anti-wax and anti-littering operations at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)'s venues on Mid-Autumn Festival. There was no injury case reported.

This brings to a total of nine summons and 6248 verbal warnings issued in the first two days of the three-day operations since Wednesday (September 10).

A total of one fixed penalty tickets of $1,500 was issued to littering offenders. This brings to a total of three fixed penalty tickets issued during the last two days.

LCSD staff started their three-day anti-wax burning and anti-littering operations from Wednesday (September 10) from 7 pm until midnight. Six reports were made through the special hotline.

The Pleasure Grounds Regulation prohibits melting or burning any wax or sprinkling or pouring any liquid onto any hot wax, in such a manner as to cause or as to be likely to cause a risk of injury to any person or damage to any property in LCSD's leisure venues.

Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and imprisonment of 14 days upon conviction.

An LCSD spokesman said: "It is important that the public should remind themselves of the importance of keeping our environment clean and not to burn wax when enjoying the Festival."

The 24-hour hotline 2414 5555 will continue to operate to receive complaints.

"LCSD will continue to monitor the situation closely," the spokesman added.

End/Friday, September 12, 2003

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