Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (21 February 2023)
– Cop killer killed in Nakhon Ratchasima shootout
In Nakhon Ratchasima, a shootout between a gunman wanted on a warrant for the unlawful killing of a policeman, saw the killer removed from his own mortal coil. 4 officers had surrounded the rented room he shared, before calling on him to surrender. That was greeted by a hail of bullets from within, seeing police return the fire and kill him. A habitual offender, the gunman had shot a motorcycle patrol police officer in the face whilst he was on duty.
– 5 excise officers caught extorting granny on CCTV
All 5 excise officers accused of shaking down multiple store operators in a Bangkok sub district have been called this week to account for their actions, be formally charged and make statements. The one case that took Thai social media by storm, was an 75 yr old granny who runs a small Thai style convenience store, but with a difference. Its all decked out with CCTV. That then appears to have sealed the fate of the errant 5 who, it’s alleged, entered the store, flashed their ID cards, seized grannys cigarettes and claimed they were illegal imports. It’s also claimed that they took them out to their van where they were switched for FAKE fags.. Either way, they demanded 20K, she paid 5.5 to see them leave, then made a Beeline for the police station where she made a full report.
– Sugar mills plan help in harvesting to stop burning of sugar cane by farmers
A quick fix for the additional smoke caused by the burning of sugarcane fields, is likely to cost farmers more money and, worse, put a whole national workforce out of work. Sugar mills and the office of Cane and Sugar Board (yes, that really exists) are keen to promote the mechanical harvesting of sugar crops, which would mean farmers don’t have to burn fields first, to clear them of insects, parasites and outer plant cover. All good so far, as that would see farmers given loans to buy harvesters, but with proposals to reduce the mill buyers price to farmers for burnt cane, and the obvious cust in need for manpower, rural areas certainly face a financial upheaval in hundreds of thousands of homes where the harvest work is the salary. Reality is that cane burning accounts for an estimated just 8% of land burning, the highest being rice stubble. The highest was the burning of rice fields, which at 20 million rai accounted for.
– Smog count remains at dangerous levels in Bangkok and Pattaya
Most of Bangkok was covered in a smog of hazardous air again today, and Pattaya too, at 6.10 was 152, 3 times the safe level and that, well that’s where it was at most of the night as ocala slept .. and breathed it. The reminder remains in place of caution for those with breathing issues and for all, even the fit, to avoid strenuous exercise.
– Will Pattaya bars see a 4am closing time?
Bad news for bar lovers as, with the possible exception of tourist zones, the health minister has nixed the idea of bars opening until 4AM nationwide, BUT good news for Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya TOURIST zones as they are being considered for the 4am closing favourably on a case by case basis.
– Sriracha burglar steals CCTV
A new breed of burglar is moving into the house breaking business for sure as when a thief smashed his way into a Sriracha café, stealing 300K bahts worth of equipment. He, or she, stole the CCTV system too. Cops are checking street cams but chances are the wily thief will be more than tough to identify.
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