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HEADLINE NEWS from Pattaya & Thailand (14 October 2022) from Fabulous 103fm

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HEADLINE NEWS from Pattaya & Thailand (14 October 2022) from Fabulous 103fm

Gun control in Thailand as the government and Police discuss various possibilities. With some referring to it as a knee-jerk reaction to last week’s slaughter of over 3 dozen children and adults in the northeast, others are referring to gun control laws introduced decades ago in many countries of the Western world, which see licenses issued ONLY to those who pass background checks AND can be canceled at any time. Plans include the revocation of existing gun licenses issued to people known to have mental issues, use drugs, or are considered a threat to society. The real issue for all though is that, in all honesty, gun control laws will be impossible to adequately police, seeing many regular members of the public unable to purchase guns legally BUT the criminal and the deranged finding it EASY to buy them, albeit under the counter. As an example, in countries such as the UK, which HAS strict gun control, criminals have no problem whatsoever in sourcing weapons illegally. HERE, chances are that soon we will see a gun amnesty, similar in every way to those offered in the past in many countries, and inviting the general public to hand in any illegally held weapons and ammunition at police stations without any fear of reprisal.

Thailand, along with China and India has abstained from voting ON a UN resolution that will see ALL UN Nations refuse to recognize the legality of the enforced annexation of 4 Ukrainian provinces. The resolution was passed easily, despite the abstentions. 143 member states in favour, 35 abstentions. Belarus, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Russia, and Syria all voted against it.

Two residents of Sakhon Nakhon face court after videoing themselves beating the living daylights out of a 26 yr old whom, they claimed, stole a generator and motorbike from them. Both in their late 40s, the men took the errant thief from his home, filmed themselves on their phones as they beat him badly, and then told him that if he told them where their equipment was, he could save himself from being drowned. They then sent the clip to his family who, duly, called the police. Amazingly they claim they are not guilty.

In Ayutthaya province, close to 6 dozen temples and historic buildings are reported to be in danger of collapse due to flooding, with many still flooded and water levels reportedly rising. Experts are hoping that the foundations WILL hold out despite water tables being above ground.

Police barely saved a lonely-hearted woman who was beaten so badly that in addition to facial injuries, 10 ribs were broken, by a man she had met on the internet. Said to be recovering now, under medical supervision, she has told police that she was held against her will and beaten daily for close to a month after she traveled to meet what appeared to be a gentleman ONLINE. Within hours, he had set up on her and it was only because police were seeking HIM OUT on charges of murder of another woman in the capital, that she was rescued at all. As the CSD sought him out, they received a tip-off that led them to the room. Now charged with assault, attempted murder, and murder of the other lady, he was being transported to the capital yesterday for further questioning.

Good news for football fans. With no Thai-based TV company expressing interest in the World Cup franchise and rights to show the games on tv here, the sports authority of Thailand has told the press that if no one else goes for it, THEY will take on the license and ensure that the matches, kicking off in a months time are screened FOR FREE across Thailand. Meanwhile, at home and in Pattaya, Thursday was full to the gills with traffic as those coming for the long weekend filled the streets. From the Sukhumvit to all points along the seafront, traffic was gridlocked for hours. Hotels report a high occupancy rate and businesses can expect a boost for sure. Word is that nighttime venues will, for the most, be expected to close at the legal 2 AM and that police will be enforcing closing times, and roadside checks can be expected for those driving late at night, so, perhaps, those phone apps for rides are the best bet.

Lance Whitmore, who was arrested in Thailand some 9 years ago, and found guilty of dealing in drugs, spending numerous years here in Thailand in jail, before being allowed to transfer to a British jail, has this week finally been released with the approval of the Thai authorities. Whitmore was transferred to the UK prison system with his full sentence originally following him. It’s very unlikely he’ll ever return to Thailand, but now others who were arrested during the same period, and for similar crimes, are looking to see whether their sentences will be reduced as well.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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