The bus terminal in Kowloon. Photo: iStock

Five men were arrested in Hong Kong on Tuesday and accused of slashing bus seats in recent weeks. Police said the five, aged between 22 and 52, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mei Foo, Tseung Kwan O and Tsuen Wan.

Police said the men were linked to at least five cases of slashing bus seats in the Kowloon East region where 10 complaints had been received, the Oriental Daily reported.

Two Pakistani men were suspected of acting together, while the other three were believed to be involved in separate cases. Officers confiscated a cutter, knife, correction fluid, ballpoint pen, Octopus cards, together with the outfits and backpacks the suspects wore and carried when the crimes took place.

None of the five men worked for the bus company. Superintendent Ewing Wu ruled out the possibility that the men were organized, their actions were premeditated or were targeting any specific routes, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Wu warned that slashing bus seats was a criminal act and offenders could receive a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail.

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