Chinese 'smugglers' build tunnel to Hong Kong
Forty metre tunnel had concrete walls, ventilation and even interior lighting
Chinese authorities have discovered a tunnel they suspect was used for smuggling goods running from a garage near the city of Shenzhen and into Hong Kong.
The 40 metre tunnel featured concrete walls, ventilation, interior lighting and was concealed by a river running above it. The tunnel is thought to have been 20 metres short of completion and measured 0.8 metres wide and one metre high.
According to the South China Morning Post, it is estimated to have cost three million yuan (£300,000) and taken four months to build.
It was discovered by authorities in the Changling village on the outskirts of Shenzhen, when a resident complained about hearing drilling noises she thought were part of a renovation project. Once inside, police discovered drilling tools and even rails that could have been used to transport goods on.
Hong Kong officals said they had been notified of the tunnel. "We will step up patrol of the border area," a Hong Kong police woman told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
The authorities believe gangs intended to use it to move mobile phones, tablets and other electrical goods into Hong Kong to avoid border taxes and fees, as Hong Kong and the mainland have different tariffs.
The tunnel, described by authorities as "professional", was destroyed on Tuesday and a man has been arrested in connection with the event.
This is not the first time findings such as this have been made. In 2003, Chinese authorities found a tunnel beneath an apartment building at the border that reached 25 metres into Hong Kong's territory.
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 5 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief
Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final days of mother-of-two's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
£20000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitment Company...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My Client are a successful software hous...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: This really is a fantastic chance to joi...
£45000 - £53000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: **MS DYNAMICS N...