Home Briefs: SICC raises over $1.2m at May Day charity event

SICC raises over $1.2m at May Day charity event

More than $1.2 million was raised at the May Day Charity 2016 organised by the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) on Sunday.

The funds will benefit 15 organisations that provide services for the elderly and children as well as those who need medical and psychological assistance. They include St John's Home for Elderly Persons, Canossaville Children's Home, and Very Special Arts Singapore.

Since its inception in 1972, the SICC May Day Charity has raised more than $20 million for 100 charities.

This year's event saw more than 800 golfers tee off from all four of the club's golf courses at a charity golf tournament, followed by a gala dinner graced by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

'Train fault' causes 50-minute disruption

There was no train service in both directions between Joo Koon and Boon Lay MRT stations on the East-West Line for about 50 minutes yesterday.

Transport operator SMRT tweeted at about 3.45pm that the disruption was "due to a train fault" and that service was expected to resume at 4.05pm.

Then it clarified in another announcement that service would resume at 4.30pm.

Free regular bus service was provided during the train service disruption.

Two suspects nabbed in separate robbery cases

Two men suspected of robbery were arrested on Sunday just hours after the crimes were reported, police said.

Police received a report that an armed man had demanded money and a mobile phone from a woman in Cantonment Close at about 5.30pm on Sunday. The suspect was traced and nabbed within two hours, and the stolen mobile phone was recovered.

Also on Sunday, a case of robbery with hurt took place near Redhill Close. A 72-year-old man was robbed of his wallet at a lift lobby and reported the case to the police at 1.10pm. The victim reported that he was hurt in the process.

Officers searched for the suspect in the vicinity using a description given by the victim and images from police cameras. The suspect was arrested at his home in Redhill Close at about 3pm on Sunday.

If convicted of armed robbery, the suspect in the Cantonment Close case faces a jail term of between three and 14 years, with a minimum of 12 strokes of the cane.

If convicted of robbery with hurt, the suspect in the Redhill Close case faces a jail term of between five and 20 years, with a minimum of 12 strokes of the cane.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe