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    Police raid Chuvit casinos in Phuket

    Published on 16/08/2012

    » PHUKET: Police yesterday (August 15) raided seven locations around the island listed in a post on Bangkok MP Chuvit Kamolvisit’s Facebook page as being casinos.

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    Chips down in a poker game

    Published on 16/08/2013

    » Police raided a house on Pratumnak Road where several men and women were playing poker for high-stakes. Police seized the poker table, playing cards, poker chips and, of course, piles of cash–reportedly about 300,000 baht. Officers also discovered an account book revealing that the illegal gambling had been going on for several months. American Matthew Mortensen was said to be one of the organizers, whilst two Cambodians in the den were assistants earning around 2,000 baht a time. Seven people were taken into custody; others managed to escape through side exits and windows.

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    Too many foreign tramps

    Published on 03/09/2013

    » According to the Issarachon Foundation, there are now 200 or so foreigners roaming the streets and beaches in Thailand, unable to pay for their daily living costs or their airfare home. The main reason, according to the charity, is the increasing number of aliens who have registered property in the name of their Thai wife and then been ejected to fend for themselves. Natee Saravari, secretary-general of the Foundation, said that it was not uncommon to see Europeans sorting through the trash at fast food restaurants looking for something to eat or begging on beachfront areas. He added that whilst most Thai homeless people have some form of mental illness, most destitute farang are alcoholics. There are thought to be about 50 homeless foreign men in Pattaya, living mostly in beach areas and eating at one or two charitable institutions which don’t turn them away. Embassy sources say they mostly have expired visas or lost passports and can no longer receive cash handouts from diplomatic sources. Consular officers will contact relatives on request for financial assistance. If that fails, the general advice is to give themselves up for overstay. They will remain in prison pending often lengthy arrangements by their respective embassy to fly them home. Once returned, they will normally be deprived of their passport pending repayment of the airfare.

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    Illegal cash collectors threaten police

    Published on 12/09/2013

    » A dozen men were questioned by traffic police as they appeared to be illegally collecting money for parking tickets near the Dolphin Roundabout. The going rate was 60 baht but there was no choice for drivers as some members of the gang behaved aggressively. Officer Somsri Sima was forced to radio for assistance as the gang refused to disperse and told him to mind his own business. When 20 police reinforcements arrived on the scene, the gang fled. However four were taken into custody and all tested positive for drugs. It is believed the ringleader of the parking scam was Sanrak Meesuta who had a large number of parking tickets.

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    Compulsory insurance for expats and tourists?

    Published on 18/04/2013

    » The government is considering forcing foreigners to buy health insurance before traveling to Thailand.

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    Pork deliveryman returns mega-cash

    Published on 04/05/2013

    » Sophon Cable Company was delighted when Tawee Panwilai (2nd left), 42, asked their assistance in finding the owner of a bag containing 90,000 baht in cash and a personal cheque for 16,000 baht.  Tawee found the treasure trove as he was delivering pork products by motorbike to customers at the Nhongkate intersection. He said that at first he was not sure what to do, but his wife advised him to advertise his find on TV. Local police were called in and they easily found the real owner, whose name and address were on the cheque. The haul was returned to Ruengsak Deeboonchai, a rice seller, who said one of his employees lost the bag whilst on his rounds. A police spokesman said it was gratifying that honest citizens still existed and added that Tawee received a reward.

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    Public defrocking

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » Three men dressed as monks were detained on South Pattaya Road as they were receiving alms from passersby. Police suspected that they were not genuine monks because they could not identify which temple they were affiliated with, yet claimed they were collecting cash to repair a temple.  One of the men, Jaroon, said that he needed to use the toilet at the nearby Chaimongkol temple, and then fled, leaving behind his robe and alms bowl. The other two men were released with a warning to refrain from begging.

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    Pork deliveryman returns mega-cash

    Published on 10/05/2013

    » Sophon Cable Company was delighted when Tawee Panwilai (2nd left), 42, asked their assistance in finding the owner of a bag containing 90,000 baht in cash and a personal cheque for 16,000 baht.  Tawee found the treasure trove as he was delivering pork products by motorbike to customers at the Nhongkate intersection. He said that at first he was not sure what to do, but his wife advised him to advertise his find on TV. Local police were called in and they easily found the real owner, whose name and address were on the cheque. The haul was returned to Ruengsak Deeboonchai, a rice seller, who said one of his employees lost the bag whilst on his rounds. A police spokesman said it was gratifying that honest citizens still existed and added that Tawee received a reward.

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    New credit card scam hits Pattaya

    Published on 19/12/2012

    » Pattaya tourists and expats are being warned by police not to give out personal details on the phone after the latest credit card catastrophe hit town. Major credit card companies have acknowledged the widespread fraud being perpetrated and have advised potential victims to terminate the conversation and to hang up the moment they are even remotely suspicious.

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    Phuket yachtsman attacked by ‘samurai’ motorbike gang

    Published on 19/12/2012

    » Phuket yachting figure Neil Petford was attacked and robbed by a “samurai” motorbike gang on his way home from the final party of the recent King’s Cup Regatta.

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