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Electric baton seized

IMMIGRATION police based at the Waigaoqiao port area caught a Chinese crewman trying to bring an electric-shock baton into the city yesterday, the first case of crew members carrying police-issue equipment in recent years.

Xiao Peixiang, 29, claimed he bought the baton abroad to protect himself and had no idea it's banned in China.

He now faces a 500 yuan (US$73) fine and the weapon has been confiscated.

A lot of sailors have bought knives banned in China while overseas but this is the first time in the past few years that police-issue equipment has been seized, officers said.

Police caught him about 11am after his ship, the Panama-registered "Sun Refine," docked at Waigaoqiao port.

Experienced police officers said Xiao seemed nervous when they checked the crews' luggage.

Police found the 20-centimeter-long baton together with a battery and a battery charger in a small bag in the bottom of a suitcase full of goods.

The baton can deliver a high-voltage shock that can immobilize people.

The case is still under investigation, police said.


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