At least 38 people have been killed during a mass shooting at a children’s day care centre in the North East of Thailand. 2 dozen children, aged from toddler through to perhaps 7 years of age were among the dead, discovered by police as they raced to the scene. The killer, an ex policeman facing drug charges, is thought to have fled in a pickup, shooting at people as he raced home where he killed his wife and 3 year old child along with others in the house, before turning the gun on himself. It’s now clear that he carried a pistol, a shotgun and a knife during his spree which has also seen at least a dozen others hospitalized. Families gathered quickly as news of the mid day shooting spread in the small community. Most arrived at the scene, before authorities had time to secure it or prepare parents and family for what they might find. Among the dead are several staff who tried to protect the children, including one staff member who was pregnant.
Chances are that the killer was under the influence of drugs, as his own mother told the press that he had often taken drugs, and had done so shortly before the shootings. Former co-workers told of his fast and furious temper which in the past had led to altercations with colleagues, threatening members of the public, and the shooting of someone’s pet dog. He was fired from the police after an investigation into his drug dealings. Full details of the massacre are on our website and Youtube channel in a special new bulletin issued yesterday afternoon.
One hundred lags from Bangkok jails volunteered for work outside the prison walls this week. Building walls with sandbags in flood prone areas, they were also assigned to clean up operations in areas where water subsided and drain clearance too. Officials say there is no shortage of volunteers, all were fed well and supplied with clean clothing on their return to their domains, behind bars.
Kudos to airport parking staff who now check CCTV to see IF those who park in areas set up for the elderly or invalids actually qualify. Seems one Porsche driver thought he was important enough to park anywhere, as it is, when he does come back to his car he will find a huge sticker covering most of the screen warning him he had been caught and asking him, or her, to call airport authorities.
Reports from Pattaya police indicate that a full crackdown on youngsters working or engaging in the entertainment and nightlife industry is fully in place. Police generals, alongside the provincial commander in chief AND pattaya’s chief of police met yesterday, Thursday, and subsequently released information to the press regarding the exploitation of children, specifically in ONE bar operated in the Treetown area of Soi Buakao. The bar owner is a 60 year old British man, him and his thai wife have been arrested and charged wth human trafficking and the pimping of youngsters aged between 12 and 18 yrs of age, and further charges against them are pending. For the customers, well the investigation, which included detailed statements from the girls, led police to arrest a 49 yr old American and a 55 year old German, BOTH of whom, independently took the youngsters to hotel rooms.. Other arrests, we are told, are still pending however some of the known customers have speedily left the country already, which will likely lead to a request for their extradition back here. The minimum legal age for bar staff is 20. As we reported yesterday, Pattaya police have required all licensed premises to supply them with copies of ID and details on all staff, enabling the police to create a database, ensure that illegal immigrants and youngsters are not employed, whilst supporting future checks and raids on nighttime venues.
A city deputy has told the Thai media that the road widening project along the promenade WILL go ahead and IS in process. With plans to make more parking spaces available, the widening was delayed due to protests by some who resented the removal of huge palm trees. Those, though, have been relocated to the sports stadium by the horticultural company managing the new foliage which is due to be planted once the extra 2 meter widening is complete. In the same statement he assured the public that despite no signs of labour for a long time, the contractors have told him that they ARE making progress, albeit slowly, on the construction of Public conveniences at three points along the promenade and Bali Hai area.
And finally, well the sights and sounds of Soi Buakhao at night proved too much for one German who obviously took his eyes off the road, so his car veered into several parked bikes and other parked vehicles. Police were already in the area, which made arresting him that much easier and alcohol testing was due to be carried out at the police station.
Pattaya & Thailand News today (6th October 2022) from Fabulous 103fm Floodwaters in Chiang Mai were reported as receding levels yesterday after a respite from storms saw the Ping river water level dropping. The city is still far from dry but any drain off is welcome. Pumps are still running 24/7 to speed up the cleanup. The drop in river levels is slowly passing downstream toward the capital as heavy rains have subsided leaving behind the filth and aftermath for residents to […]
Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (27 March 2023) Thai-Myanmar border reopens The Thai-Myanmar border crossing in Mae Sot was reopened by guards yesterday following its closure Saturday as locals watched heavy fighting on the Burmese side where the military fought resistance fighters. It was the Burmese that […]