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Joint operation against illegal hawking at Victoria Park

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Police today (December 19) mounted an operation in and around Victoria Park to curb illegal hawking.

The operation from 4.30pm to 6pm saw 4 suspects arrested for illegal hawking associated with cooked food business. They were taken to North Point Police Station where they will later be charged with hawking offences under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance.

In the meantime, summons action was taken against 3 illegal hawkers selling other items or causing obstruction in public places.

"Today's operation aims to stamp out the illegal hawking activities, the cooked food and drink business in particular," an LCSD spokesman said.

Some illegal hawkers have been found selling cooked food on trolleys or handcarts on an itinerant basis within Victoria Park or in the adjacent areas, with quite a number of them congregating near the entrances along Causeway Road. The most common cooked foods sold by the illegal hawkers are beef balls in soup with noodles, iced drinks and rice with curry. Such illegally sold cooked food is likely to pose hygiene hazard to consumers.

"The joint operation was intended to give people a clear message of zero tolerance to illegal hawking activities, especially those selling cooked food and the like, in the park and its environs. Also, we have serious concerns over the food hygiene problem brought about by illegal cooked food hawking," the spokesman said.

During the operation, 3 fixed penalty tickets for littering were issued.

Since January, 2004, the LCSD has issued 169 summonses for illegal hawking or unauthorised obstruction and 117 fixed penalty tickets for littering in Victoria Park.

Ends/Sunday, December 19, 2004
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