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Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (20 March 2023)

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Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (20 March 2023)

– Missing radioactive cylinder FOUND 
In Prachinburi, where as we reported last week a cylinder containing a radioactive isotope went MISSING from a power station,  as of yesterday, authorities have closed down a waste metal smelting plant  in nearby Kabinburi district after the isotope was detected by officials checking all scrap and smelting operations in the region.  A press meeting is set for today with the Prachinburi governor and press which will clarify how the isotope was detected and, we assume, it was actually smelted by the unnamed company prior to detection.

– Crackdown on illegal Chinese workers 
The Professional Tourist Guides Association of Thailand has demanded that the government intervene in what they describe as an influx of Chinese working illegally here as guides.  With tourism returning as big business, they claim, the errant Chinese are stealing jobs from local nationals who have learned Chinese to support those coming here.

– Police nab 3 Chinese nationals for kidnapping & extortion
Three Chinese nationals – two men and a woman, were arrested at the weekend on charges of abducting a Chinese woman, said to be studying here,  in the capital.  Oddly, they knew that she had access to well over 3 million baht. Kidnapped as she went to meet a new friend, actually one of the gang, they are said to have held her at knifepoint, forcing her to transfer money from her bank AND a mass of crypto currency to their accounts.

– Phuket bar raided for trafficking 
Following a long undercover operation, Police raided a bar in Patong, Phuket,  recovering 6 working girls who were found to be underage.  As staff were arrested it was revealed that the actual owner was a nonthai who fled to a neighbouring country ahead of police who sought him.  This ISN’T a one off though, as investigations continue in both Pattaya and Bangkok with officials believing there is a network link between bars in the three cities and five Phuket cops have been removed from their posts with the belief that they had turned a blind eye.

– Hailstorms hit Chiangmai
In Chiang mai, strong winds and hailstones, some the size of golfballs, damaged many homes and businesses while taking out power and phone lines.  Local officials arranged for basic provisions for those affected.

– Missing Brit returns home
Thanks to listeners and viewers of our media,  the errant husband, missing from his Naklua condo for over 2 weeks made contact WITH his wife last Friday and, we are told, has returned home after realising he was in our news.   A newly arrived Brit, the novelty of Thailand, and the fact that things work a different way here, went some way toward causing him to disappear leaving his wife of 18 yrs scared and worried.  YES, he is clearly a bit of a time waster, or as some might say an attention seeker. BUT equally, of those who disappear in the course of a year, many are either arrested, in hospital or dead and with media support, family can quickly be put in touch with the right authority and  be re united.  And thanks to all who messaged us.

– Unidentified foreigner drowns in Pattaya
Despite pretty calm seas in the marked swimming area off the city beach, an elderly westerner was recovered by two Indian tourists from the waters Sunday.  As others attempted to revive him, medics arrived and found that he had already passed away.  Fully clothed, the man was taken to a local hospital as attempts are made to identify him

– Pattaya petrol bomb throwers nabbed
Late Saturday saw police arresting two juveniles identified from CCTV who had randomly thrown a homemade petrol bomb at a Thai couple on a bike in Soi Potisan, causing them bodily injury.  The injured couple were hospitalized with burns as a search began for the yobs, who are said to be both Cambodian.

– Pattaya prolific burglar arrested
Meanwhile at home and nong prue police have nabbed a prolific burglar who broke into at least 7 homes over an 8 week period.  The 21 year old was caught as several of the homeowners had CCTV which caught him clearly on the job.  Much has been recovered and will hopefully be returned to owners, but more than half had already been pawned for cash.

– Big Guy Charity event on the beach 
The weekend saw the BIG guy beach party at Sattahip welcoming children from local orphanages and centres to what had been an annual event prior to covid.  Games, swimming and of course copious amounts of food and drink were given freely to the children who enjoyed the day organized by British expat Marcut Redwood and his wife.

– Patrick’s Steakhouse celebrates 30 years 
And locally loved restaurant Patricks Steak house celebrated a whacking 30 years in business here at the weekend with a party for regulars.  Having opened first in a tiny watering hole with SOME food, Patricks has become one of the MUST GO TO eateries in the city and after 3 decades, has obviously proven that doing it right works in business.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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