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    Snooker legend plays in Pattaya

    Published on 08/08/2013

    » Snooker legend Ken Doherty will play a series of exhibition matches here in Pattaya, starting at The Kilkenny Bar on Soi LK Metro on Sunday, Sept. 8. The following evening, Monday, he will play at the Sportsman Pub on Beach Road Soi 13. Both events start at 8 p.m.

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    Sexual services were not provided

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » Amorn Chaivongfhun, a 26-year-old Thai women, reported at the Pattaya police station that she had been cheated of a valuable iPhone. She claimed to have met a man in a shop on Walking Street who said he could provide an excellent time in bed. After accepting his offer and going to his room, Amorn stepped into the shower and the man stepped out of the room with her 20,000-baht mobile phone. Police later caught 46-year-old Chalermporn Saeung who admitted to the theft and offered to return the iPhone to avoid going to jail. He was released after giving back the telephone and paying a 2,000 baht fine.

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    Mystery gun found in nightclub

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » Police raided a nightclub on Third Road and asked the merrymakers to pass urine in plastic cups, all of which proved negative for banned substances. However, the raid did reveal a loaded handgun in the club’s office. Nobody came forward to claim ownership of the weapon and the police confiscated as evidence. The next day a big shot turned up at Pattaya police station and reported the name and address of the gun’s owner. A police spokesman said the gun had not yet been checked to determine if it was properly registered.

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    Big discounts in off-season

    Published on 13/08/2013

    » <p>Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and officials of the business and tourist industry formally opened the Pattaya Grand Sale at a ceremony at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Many stores, restaurants and sporting organizations are offering discounts of up to 50 percent in order to boost business in the slow season.</p>

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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&#8211;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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    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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