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British tourist arrested for setting fire to Chiang Mai hotel
A British tourist was arrested in Chiang Mai yesterday, charged with setting fire to a Chiang Mai hotel after a falling out with staff.  Police records show that staff walking by his room noted that smoke was coming from under the door, he had already fled as alarms were raised and fire engines worked to contain the fire which spread to damage a complete floor.  With several needing rescuing from balconies by firemen.  Hours later police were alerted to him arguing with street vendors, he was taken into custody and checks revealed that he was the same person wanted for the fire.  CCTV showed the 27 year old threatening staff in the hotel and he remains firmly in custody.  Somehow he will be required to cover the damage costs. They will be extremely high.

Have retirees been scammed in Thailand? 
A group of British expats have compiled a report that they plan to share with authorities here that, THEY CLAIM, shows that they were scammed for anything between 100K and 250K Pounds by what they describe as vile INVESTMENT advisers. The scam involved so- called investments, which have been sold by Brits to Brits for years, but in funds which within a short time were closed down and declared insolvent.  With investment brokering illegal in Thailand for all except Thai nationals, anyone who has lost money OR has current investments might want to watch our video today which shares their plight.  That’s available at or on our Youtube channel.

Ganga celebrations in Bangkok
In the capital, plans to celebrate ganga yesterday were thwarted in Khao San Road where organisers had hoped to fill the street with smokers.  That was nixed as officials pointed out that marjuana is ideally only sold legally for medical use AND smoking in public places is still illegal.

14 years later, she’s arrested 
Proving that Thai police, like Canadian mounties, always get their man, or woman, a 44 yr old woman in Singburi was nabbed this week 14 years after she and others used stolen credit card details to steal millions of baht.  They used cloned cards to buy millions of bahts worth of fuel which they then sold on at a discount, effectively laundering their ill gotten gains.  One of their marks turned out to be the ambassador from New Zealand and that kicked the search up a notch back then, seeing 6 others caught but she evaded capture.   Admitting the crime, she told police she had moved repeatedly to avoid being caught.

Pattaya smog close to Chiang Mai levels
At dawn today, Friday, Pattaya smog levels were dangerous, and close to smog central Chiang Mai’s levels. Pattaya region was at 160, over three times the government safety levels, Bangkok 164, Da nang 172, Yangon in Burma 135, Chiangmai 165.

Gold shop robbery in Rayong
Rayong police are still seeking the gold thief who robbed a shop of dozens of necklaces.  CCTV from the shop in a busy department store were being analyzed as were those used to monitor exit from the mall.  He had held a gun to staff as he cleared shelves.

1,000km sponsored walk to Phuket for Take Care Kids foundation 
Pattaya’s centre for abused children, TAKE CARE KIDS hopes to get closer to their goal of completing their new centre, which is built with donations from the public, as today sees the start of one man’s sponsored WALK to PHUKET.  James Valentine plans to hike to 1000 KM, despite the intense heat and humidity,  and complete it within 60 days, in the hope of raising a much needed 1 million baht.  To donate, google take care kids Pattaya , and they are on facebook too.

St Georges day in Pattaya
With Sunday St George’s Day, many English businesses will celebrate the man who killed the dragon and who is the patron saint of England.  Keep your eye out for events, such as the loft pub , on the lake, where a special buffet of traditional English food will be on offer in the evening to customers who will also enjoy an array of events through the night and receive free t-shirts.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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