A bus passenger finds a pierced sewing needle in his seat

A needle was found stuck in the seat of a Kowloon Motors double-decker bus on Thursday night, prompting a police investigation.

The incident happened on a bus traveling on route 59X to the east terminal of Mong Kok, according to police. A female passenger told the driver she found the needle in a seat on the upper deck of the bus.

Later, the driver took the bus back to the Lai Chi Kok depot, where he filed a police report. Officers arrived at the scene and found a 3cm long sewing needle.

No one was injured and the incident was classified as a property damage case.

This is not the first time sharp objects have been stuck in bus seats. In 2019, a man admitted to sticking needles into bus seats the previous year to injure passengers because his drivers failed to stop at designated bus stops, interfering with his journey. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

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The bizarre crime appeared to spark a series of copycat incidents, with no less than a dozen cases on multiple bus routes reported since then. Sharp objects included sewing needles, acupuncture needles and thumbtacks.

Just last month, a passenger on a bus traveling on the 13M line discovered a screw about 8cm long stuck in a seat. The bus was near Sau Mau Ping Estate in Kwun Tong when the passenger found the screw, according to Mingpao.

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