Home Briefs: Two flee on foot after evading roadblock

Two flee on foot after evading roadblock

Two suspects fled on foot after the car they were in got into an accident while they were fleeing the police early yesterday morning.

The chase is believed to have started when the suspects tried to evade a roadblock in Xilin Avenue.

Pursued by the police, the suspects drove their black car to Hougang, where it crashed into a road sign in Lorong Ah Soo at about 4am.Police are investigating.

60 rounded up over involvement in scams

More than 60 people were rounded up by police in a three-day operation that ended on Wednesday for their suspected involvement in 187 scams involving more than $630,000.

The suspects are aged between 15 and 65, and most are believed to have posted online advertisements selling items and receiving advance payments without delivering the goods. Others are believed to have been money mules, helping criminal syndicates receive illegal funds in their local bank accounts.

In a statement released yesterday, the police warned the public to be vigilant when shopping online. There has been a 13 per cent increase in cheating cases involving e-commerce between January and June this year, compared with the same period last year.

About 70 per cent of the scam victims had used online platforms such as Carousell and Facebook. Many of the scams involved the sale of tickets to local attractions, concerts or events and new models of mobile phones.

Woodlands accident leaves 5 injured

Five people were injured in an accident involving a taxi and a private bus on Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 6.30am at the junction of Woodlands Avenue 6 and Woodlands Drive 65 .

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescue team had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped taxi driver.

Four people were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and one to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, SCDF said.

It is understood that the taxi driver needed to be in intensive care, as well as three others, who were passengers in his taxi, according to Shin Min Daily News.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe