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    Teens fight for gang territory

    Published on 07/08/2013

    » The Sawangboriboon rescue service was summoned to the KanEng shop on Third Road where  two enemy gang groups had been using knives and sticks on each other. Three youths were taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and loss of blood. One of the injured group said the main culprit was 19-year-old Oak who had run away after initiating the bloody mayhem. Three shots were also heard coming from a parked car. Police later arrested Oak after a tip-off. Further inquiries were being made at press time.

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    Stressed coconut boss found dead

    Published on 07/08/2013

    » Responding to the sound of a gun shot, workers at a coconut factory in Nonplalai, near Pattaya, found the dead body of their boss in his bedroom. It appeared that Wanchai Suksawat, aged 67, had killed himself as there was a shotgun near the body as well as a suicide note and a photo of his late wife. Police said they were satisfied that Wanchai was demoralized in view of his constant illnesses and the fact that his new wife allegedly neglected him, leaving him alone for long periods of time. Unable to find a way to release his stress, Wanchai decided took his own life.

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    Sexual violation a dire problem

    Published on 06/08/2013

    » <p>Deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai hosted a conference on sexual abuse and human trafficking with guest speakers from the Ministry of Justice. Speakers at Pattaya School Number 7 explained that many Thai boys and girls are naïve and easily tricked into sexual exploitation and disgrace which is a problem for all society. Attorney-at-law Kreangsak Sintaveepermpoon said that an increasing number of girls under the age of consent are becoming pregnant and seeking abortions. Both boys and girls are being led into selling drugs, offering prostitution and recording obscene video clips which can end up on the internet. The attorney concluded that a massive education program was urgently needed in local schools to offset the tide of scandal and cynicism.</p>

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    Oil spill threatens local beaches

    Published on 06/08/2013

    » Eastern Seaboard beaches are under threat from an oil spill stemming from a pipe leak in an offshore platform near Rayong. Using ships and helicopters, the Thai Navy and several agencies are working around the clock to contain the spread of the crude oil. The leak itself has been blocked, but not before more than 70 tons of oil had spilled into the Gulf of Thailand over an area of about 1.5 nautical miles. The primary objective of workers now is preventing the oil slick from reaching beaches, thereby threatening tourism and wild life. The offshore platform is operated by PTT Global Chemical, a subsidiary of national petroleum company PTT. Prasert Bunsumpun, company chairman, acknowledged that a crude transport pipe had begun leaking at a single-point mooring in Rayong Province. Barriers have been placed around the spill and an oil skimmer is collecting surface oil as quickly as possible, before the oil slick created an environmental catastrophe.

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    Chinese scammer turns off mobile

    Published on 05/08/2013

    » Eleven Chinese nationals are up in arms after the promise of staying in a luxury hotel in Pattaya went very sour as they ended up in a desolate and shabby place in North Pattaya. Tour leader A-Ping allegedly told the tourists that they would have a luxurious time in Pattaya, but they found out the accommodation provided was of a disgraceful standard with very few facilities. Pattaya Tourist Police tried to contact A-Ping but he had turned off his mobile phone. A decision was then taken by the police to move the group to a luxury hotel which led to smiling faces all round. The search for A-Ping continues.

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    Mental health under threat

    Published on 03/08/2013

    » City Hall hosted a public awareness event at Pattaya school number 11 to pinpoint the various threats to the health and well-being of today’s youngsters. Topics included poverty, aggression, family conflicts, alcohol and substance abuse, and physical disability. Lecturer Pongsak Tungkana said that education in school should supplement parental advice about the social problems affecting many children.

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    Plastic bag suicide in Naklua

    Published on 03/08/2013

    » A Swedish man who called his country’s embassy with a suicide threat apparently delivered on his intention. Police found the body of David Cavallin, 43, lying on his bed with a suffocating plastic bag over his head. There was no sign of a struggle or third-party presence; the mobile phone he used was next to the body. Neighbors said Cavallin was a cheerful character who did not appear to have any problems and loved to exercise in his bare feet. The Swedish embassy, which told the police of the fateful phone call, said officials would cooperate in the investigation.

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    Police raids on niteries continue

    Published on 31/07/2013

    » Banglamung civic officials and police descended on entertainment venues on Walking Street and Soi Buakhao in search of illegal drug use, underage drinkers and licence irregularities as the crackdown on booze-driven crime continues apace. In some establishments Thai nationals were told to provide urine specimens for analysis. Some 15 men and women were escorted to the police station for an in-depth chat. One club owner had fled the scene before the police marched in and turned on the lights; he is being sought by investigators as the paperwork from the city authorities was found to be incomplete.

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    Gambling debtor is knived

    Published on 31/07/2013

    » A man stabbed twice in his torso and right arm was found by police groaning on the ground on Soi Wat Tai Hee. Covered in blood, 34-year-old Prawit Klao Kleamng was rushed to Memorial Hospital. Shortly afterwards, Weerapong Chomtawon calmly walked into the medical facility and announced that he was the knife wielder and was very annoyed that Prawit had not repaid a gambling debt of 1,200 baht. Weerapong said that during an argument in a bar, there had been a fight with broken bottles, after which he stabbed the debtor. Weerapong said he was giving himself up before influential friends of the injured man took their own revenge.

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    Mystery corpse floats in the sea

    Published on 30/07/2013

    » Marine police were quick off the mark after spotting a bobbing object in the sea off Wongamat Beach. It was discovered to be the dead body of an unknown man, aged about 30 and wearing only sweatpants. There were no injuries to the body and he had been dead a day or two. Local fishermen said it was likely that the man had been murdered or maybe had accidentally fallen into the water. It is hoped that an autopsy will shed light on the matter.

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