Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (29 March 2023)
Smog chokes Northern provinces with over 4,000 patients treated weekly
Smog central – that’s much of the northern provinces, continues to be blighted with foul air and saw the top expert from the Health Ministry, Dr. Opas, visit to get on the ground evidence. Amid claims that hosptials there are fully equipped to handle the burgeoning number of patients with breathing issues, we are told that currently some 4000 patients a week are being treated.
Huge storms & severe damage in Thailand
A huge storm front blanketed much of Thailand yesterday, as is often the case it bypassed the Pattaya region BUT did cover areas such as Rayong and the capital, as maps showed storm clouds from here all the way up to the North where 20 villages saw severe damage.
Mongolians arrested for pickpocketing over 250,000 baht at airport
3 Mongolians are in custody today after yesterday’s arrest at Bangkok’s main airport where they were finally caught, following reports from numerous tourists of pick pocketing. Caught on CCTV they are thought to have stolen a total of over a quarter of a million baht, along with documents that, in some cases, prevents travel for their victims.
Police investigate scam operation netting 176 million in mule bank account
Police have told the media that several well heeled Thais may be arrested as they are suspects in the scam operation that saw one MULE bank account alone filled with 176 million baht. A handful of warrants are due to be issued as the investigation continues into Chinese call centres which BOUGHT access to peoples bank accounts, taking control and using them to receive fraudulently obtained funds. Whereas other accounts have been successfully cleared by the scammers, this, big one, wasn’t as wily bank employees called police when a foreigner attempted to apply for a replacement bank book using an obviously fake passport. That account, obviously, has been frozen.
Electricity cost hike for households in Thailand
Household power bills will rise from May through to August to a whacking 4.77 baht a unit which, when tax is added, is closer to 5. The rise, a result of the conued fuel crisis globally, sees homes matching commercial rates. For homes, it’s a nominal increase but for businesses it’s actually a reprieve as currently they pay 5.33 baht plus tax. Discounts will continue to be given to the elderly and those receiving welfare payments.
Walking Street nightclub raided
Meanwhile at home and after previous raids on the same nightclub , yet another raid, at 4.30 yesterday morning, found customers and staff enjoying after legal hours service at Flexx club. The venue, off Walking St saw police first manning all exits before entering and turning up the lights. 50 tourists were held and tested along with all staff and an application has been sent to the provincial governor for the property itself to be banned from selling alcohol.
Expat nearly faints when caught on 8 year overstay
A 52 yr old Iraqi expat nearly passed out yesterday when approached by police and immigration officials near his home. Thought to be engaged in nefarious activities, his visa was checked and confirmed as being a mere 8 years out of date. Seems authorities got a tip off. He is being held with the prospect of deportation as police first investigate his background and income.
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