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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    100 sharks released into the sea

    Published on 07/08/2013

    » <p>The Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture released a large number of brown-banded bamboo-sharks into the ocean at Sattahip as part of the ongoing struggle to preserve and protect the environment. A spokesman for the ministry said that there were 63 species of sharks in Thai waters but they were being hunted to extinction because of their popularity in making certain soups. He added that Sattahip was a good place to release the sharks as the area is controlled by the Thai Navy, which means that the valuable marine creatures have a better chance of survival.</p>

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    Angry factory worker stabs colleague

    Published on 08/08/2013

    » A woman confessed to stabbing to death a fellow factory worker suspected of having burgled her room. The incident took place at the RT Transport Company in Banglamung. Nuanchawee Boonphrom, age 34, told police that she had murdered Kaesorn Sukpee, 44, in cold blood  after a furious argument about thefts. The dead woman was found with knife wounds amid pools of blood, but her bankbook and mobile phone had not been stolen. Police found no evidence that the dead woman had stolen Nuanchawee’s property. Investigations continue.

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    Lucky German recovers jewelry

    Published on 02/07/2013

    » An attempted theft by a ladyboy on the beach near Tipp Plaza had a fortunate outcome when the thief failed to put the stolen diamond pendant in her shoe as she had planned. German tourist Martin Freidl, 42, told police that he received the unwelcome attentions of the ladyboy who offered a seasonal discount in return for sex. As the German retreated, the transvestite snatched the expensive item from around the tourist’s neck but, in the struggle, misjudged putting it in her shoe—losing it on the sand. The pendant lay on the beach for about half an hour before a search returned it to the lawful owner. Freidl did not press charges as his property had been returned.

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    Deadly virus alert issued for Chonburi

    Published on 04/07/2013

    » There has not been even one case of the coronavirus detected in Thailand, yet Chonburi health officials have been ordered to be on high alert for the deadly disease, particularly in Pattaya and other tourist centers. Pradit Sintavanarong, health minister, said patients with serious respiratory symptoms in all provinces will be monitored for Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV), and that hospitals are prepared to receive suspected cases. Likewise, the Public Health Ministry is ready to deal with the disease. Thai Muslims and Arabs are most at-risk for contracting the SARS-like coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, more than 70 such cases and 39 deaths have been reported—mostly in Saudi Arabia and also in Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Consequently, anyone traveling through those countries—including those planning to visit Mecca for the Hajj&#8211;may be vulnerable.

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    Drinking session leads to deportation

    Published on 13/07/2013

    » A labourers’ camp at Pattaya’s Soi 5 was the scene of a boozing session which went wrong when police turned up and discovered 19 Cambodians who were working illegally in the Kingdom.  The illegals said that they had had to pay 3,000 baht to be brought to Thailand and were disappointed only to receive 100-200 baht a day for heavy manual work in a 70-hour week.  One of the Cambodians, Nok, was hit with a metal pipe during an alcohol-related argument with other Cambodians; his assailants escaped in the confusion as police arrived.  All those caught will be returned to the Cambodian border, but they may turn up here again soon.

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