Pattaya & Thailand News today (10th October 2022) from Fabulous 103fm
A new record was set this weekend for claimed losses by a tourist from India to the city. Seems 45 year old Mr. Singal happened to park 6 and a half thousand dollars or 250K baht in his hotel room safe. Police checking the room found the safe had not been tampered with but would duly check CCTV to see if anyone had been in his room without his knowledge OR whether he had had visitors of the dubius variety. In other news, making a fake police report in an attempt to swindle an insurance company is a crime here.
The weekend has seen funeral rites begin at three temples in the rural Isaan township of Nong Bua Lamphu in the Northeast of Thailand for the 24 children and 12 adults gunned down by a crazed ex-policeman last week. The region was visited by their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand who called at several locations to express their grief and sorrow to the families of those killed, and meet with several of those injured and Thai media reports that medical treatment and funerals are to be Royally sponsored and attended by senior government ministers including the PM.
The weekend too has seen police reporting that initial tests carried out on the dead killer revealed NO drugs in his system, a surprise for sure as last week saw his mother claiming that he was a user. He had been fired from the police force and faced drug related charges which were due to be heard in full at a local court the day AFTER the killings. Locals tell that had it not been for stormy weather and transport issues, the childrens centre would have had, perhaps, double the number of children inside when he approached, armed with a pistol, shotgun and knife killing everyone he came across, including the two dozen youngsters, most of whom were asleep on the floor at the time, as is custom here in infant classrooms in Thailand.
Concern has been raised over so-called copycat killings after police in Nakhon Si Thammarat arrested a man armed with a gun who went to a school and demanded he was given his son. Said to have been high on drugs the man was NOT given access to his 7 yr old son but WAS taken into custody by local police.
A despicable CNN duo have been ordered to be deported from Thailand after violating the building where the children were killed, accessing it without permission and using the scene, as of then uncleaned after the shooting, as a backdrop to their report. A more in depth report on this is in a separate news bulletin, available on our website. Simply put, they have been condemned by the general public, together with local and most foreign media.
In other news, a Malaysian man arrested here back in june for trafficking in wildlife has been extradited to the US. The 57 year old is already on American soil after being extradited THERE to face charges on a grand scale that he dealt globally in illegal wildlife and was involved in money laundering.
In Nonthaburi, parts of three districts have been declared as flood disaster regions following river level rises which were predicted last week. A Combination of heavy rain and river overflows have also seen Bangkokians to the north being told to move to higher ground. Signed by the rangist mayor, many locals were issued with written letters as upstream flooding from Bangkok to Nakhon Sawan and beyond continues .
Meanwhile at home And in Pattaya, still no release of the names of the bar owners or customers involved in the also un-named tree town bar where police report that young children were employed for immoral purposes. A media first really as usually names are issued almost before charges are filed but in this case, whilst a full investigation was underway involving the Royal Thai police, names, it seems, remain withheld.
Sunday saw the city and surrounding regions deluged with a storm front which hurt the region twice within a few hours, causing serious flooding through the region. As the railway road, Sukhumvit, 3rd, 2nd and Beach road quickly became rivers, the city was effectively split in two with travel either way almost impossible. Homes and businesses flooded, smaller cars and motorbikes that tried to drive through the waters, will be valued customers for repair centres today as water and petrol engines are not a good combination but even pickups were finding some roads impossible until later in the day when waters began to drain away, leaving behind the usual trail of grabagrand filth on the streets and inside flooded buildings. The storm covered the whole of the region including the east side out to Maprachan lake where homes and businesses were also, in some cases flooded out and roads impassable.
This region is set for heavy storm clouds through most of the day today, Monday, as a storm front covers the city and all the way back into Cambodia, travelling toward us, very slowly.
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