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    Victim handcuffed before nasty attack

    Published on 18/09/2013

    » A Thai man screamed for assistance after he was handcuffed and muffled with a t-shirt over his head before being bundled into a car where he was robbed of jewelry worth 5,000 baht. Worapol Mayer, 32, said he was drinking with friends when several strangers approached and kidnapped him; his drinking companions had not lifted a finger to help him. The victim had to make his own way home after being dumped on Sukhumvit Road. He added that he had worked as a photographer for many years and had no enemies.

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    World Health Conference endorses cigarette package warnings

    Published on 18/09/2013

    » Meeting in Pattaya last week, more than 1,000 health officials from around the world endorsed Thailand’s stepped up efforts to discourage smoking—particularly among youth.

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    Thai drunk hooligan wounds Brit in city

    Published on 19/09/2013

    » British tourist Mark Anthony Strickleton, 53, was attacked by a drunk on Walking Street when the two men accidently bumped into one another. The Brit suffered a serious neck wound. Police later arrested 27-year-old Montri Kanghan, who admitted that in his drunken state he overreacted to the bumping incident. He also splashed the remains of a drink in Strickleton’s face. Police said that the assailant had previously been arrested for public violence, calling him a hooligan when under the influence of alcohol.

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    Man shot dead on motorbike

    Published on 12/09/2013

    » Police are puzzling over the death of Niran Charnkit, 36, who was shot in the back as he drove his motorbike in South Pattaya. He was rushed to Pattaya Memorial Hospital where he died. Several bullet cartridges were found in the vicinity of the shooting. The police reportedly found methamphetamines on the victim’s body. Investigators theorize that Niran may have had enemies in the drugs business or was trying to cheat a big boss. Police were checking the dead man’s record to see what involvement, if any, he had in trading illegal substances or in the loan shark business.

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    Bag snatcher pleads poverty

    Published on 16/08/2013

    » A man confessed that he couldn’t find a job and was so short of money that he snatched bags from tourists to fund a better lifestyle. Purin Boonkuer, 31, was accused of robbing a purse from Russian visitor Natalie Shipilova, who said he was just leaving a convenience store when the alleged snatch occurred. Several people gave chase and made a citizens’ arrest.

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    Motorbike taxi driver killed in accident

    Published on 19/08/2013

    » A 27-year-old taxi man, Somchai Nokpueak, was killed when his motorbike collided with a car at the junction of Third Road and Soi Lenkee. The driver of the car, Warawat Phosajunt, said he was en route to a local hospital with an 80-year-old woman when the motorbike appeared at high speed and attempted to overtake her car resulting in an unavoidable accident.

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    Swiss pensioner accused of indecency

    Published on 19/08/2013

    » Robert Nonstantine, 69-year-old former owner of a gay bar in Pattaya, was arrested for alleged offences involving young boys at his Banglamung home. Officers said they found incriminating photos and computer clips of the Swiss man harassing pre-pubescent boys. Nonstantine allegedly used Thai accomplices to lure 10- to 13-year-old boys to his home, and arranged for his gay friends to meet with the youths. The youngsters were paid up to 300 baht and told not to tell anyone about the incidents. The suspect said that the boys simply came to his house to swim and he denied any wrongdoing.

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    Foreigners strain Thai hospitals

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » Yet another report, this time from 7News Corporation in Australia, is complaining that public hospitals in Thailand face increasing financial burdens as more and more Australians, mostly male and under 30, are travelling without proper insurance. One public hospital in Phuket says last year there was an accumulation of 4 million baht in unpaid debts. Public hospitals tend to become dumping grounds for sick foreigners who cannot afford to pay the high tariffs in top-notch private institutions. A similar story was reported by public hospitals in Chonburi Province last year. The government reportedly is looking at imposing compulsory insurance packages for all expats and tourists to Thailand, although the complexity of the detail is said to be stalling implementation. One obvious problem is that elderly tourists and expats may be excluded from becoming insured because of pre-existing conditions or prohibitively-expensive premiums.

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    Bullying goes ballistic

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » A 10-year-old student bullied a kindergarten pupil, forcing the younger girl to eat faeces and toilet cleaner at their Najomtien school. The incident arose when the three-year-old was unable or unwilling to provide the older girl with “protection money.” The father and grandmother of the abused child took her to hospital for x-rays and treatment. Parents of the 10-year-old said their daughter had not shown violent tendencies at home, but they apologized for the grisly incident. The abusing child has since been moved from the school. The Ministry of Social Development announced that the school in question had been ordered to put CCTV cameras in some classrooms and in the restrooms at the front and back of the building.

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    Crowd control training in Banglamung

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » <p>Banglamung police station organized a demonstration of crowd control in the event that civil disorder should break out locally. The precaution came in the wake of the imposition of emergency police powers in Bangkok&#8211;which ultimately were not needed&#8211;in the event of large-scale demonstrations against the current government.</p>

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