Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (31 March 2023)
Huge storms hit Thailand & Pattaya
Huge storms covered much of Thailand Thursday including, for the first time, our own city and area. Minor flooding on the East side, heavy towards the lake and then, again, missing the city centre completely. That though didn’t stop power outages and spikes that saw many businesses, ours among them, affected. The Internet was down for over 12 hours for some too. Those storms, well they are expected to continue randomly through the weekend.
Thieving cop sentenced to 270 years behind bars
In other news, a Nonthaburi ex-crime suppression officer has been found guilty and sentenced to 270 years in jail for the theft of some 150 weapons over a period of 2 years. Despite the length of sentence, the maximum he will serve is 50 years. The former Sergeant Major pled guilty and was also ordered to return all weapons. Quite how that can be done wasn’t clarified as it is supposed that he sold them, but the court gave him a second option, a 1 and a third million baht fine. He had signed out the weapons, often using other officers names, and subsequently sold or pawned them, when he knew he was under suspicion he fled but was caught last October.
17 locations raided in online gambling investigation
Raids on 17 locations has seen the climax of an undercover operation working to close down an online gambling network. With the husband of a Thai actress, a hotelier implicated., his home and possessions were seized . From his home, in a secret room, police removed chattels together with vehicles estimated to be worth around a billion baht.
Chiang mai air pollution remains worst in the world
More and more residents in the Chiang mai area have sought medical help for breathing issues as the smog there continues to blight all. Tourism is also being affected as many are changing plans to avoid the densely polluted region until it clears. Nothing that locals can do tho, except sit on their hands, wearing of course masks, until rains and or winds do the job for them. Chiang Mai continues to be the most polluted city in the world over the past several days,” according to IQ Air. Whilst satellite images show much of the dense clouding is coming in from over neighbouring borders in other countries
Wildfire continues on Thai mountain
Tourists are being warned to keep well away from the Khao Laem forest areas in Nakhon nayok as the wildfire there continues to flare, and spread, coming close to homesteads. As fire teams work from dawn to dusk, it’s been clarified that it’s simply too dangerous for teams to work after dark, but that of course doesn’t stop the fires which last night were close to a local military academy. Burning since Wednesday, it’s assumed the fires started as a result of lightning strikes during a storm.
Zero radiation found following smelting of radioactive cylinder
The National Institute of Nuclear Technology has released reports this week that show zero radiation in soil and water samples , together with local grown vegetables. Taken from the Prachinburi area where, last month, thieves stole a canister containing caesium 137 and subserviently sold it for scrap. No word on tracking the thieves down but similar tests are due to be carried out in other areas where the canister was later incinerated .
German man bares all on Pattaya beach, argues human rights
Meanwhile at home and in Pattaya a German nudist took to the beaches demanding that it was his human right to do so. Willy was spotted by others who took photos before calling the police who did their best to remove him from the area and encourage him to put his clothes on. A sight for sore eyes for sure, 63 yr old willy was persuaded to dress but then ranted that it was his human right to do as he wished. That saw him removed to the police station where he was duly accommodated.
Passengers allowed in back of pickups for Songkran
With songkran approaching, despite laws in effect to ban people from riding in the back of pickups, police here will be relenting as the chief of the Royal Thai Police has given blanket approval, according to Thai media, for up to 4 to ride in the open backs, anywhere across the country during the festive period. For locals that means more fun for sure.
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