Hong Kong police launch probe after finding pistol and live ammunition in a car parked on street

Clifford Lo

A pistol and a magazine with four rounds of ammunition were found in a car parked on a Hong Kong street on Wednesday, prompting police to launch an investigation.

The handgun was discovered along with other weapons – an axe, four knives and a metal rod – in a rucksack inside the vehicle in Deep Bay Road, Lau Fau Shan, on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

“The car was reported stolen in December, 2017, and its ignition had been forced,” police said.

“The vehicle had a fake number plate and licence.”

Police also found an axe, four knives and a metal rod in the car. Photo: Handout

Police said the pistol and ammunition were taken to the force’s forensic firearms examination division to examine whether they had been used in any crime.

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Crime-squad officers launched an investigation and located the car after receiving intelligence.

Detectives from the Yuen Long anti-triad squad are handling the case.

In Hong Kong, possessing arms or ammunition without a licence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ jail and a HK$100,000 (US$12,747) fine under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance.

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