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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (22 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (22 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– Bangkok warned of quake risks for older buildings
Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources has told the public that following the recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake off the Burmese coastline, occupants living in buildings within the capital, and other regions, constructed prior to the changes made to the building code in 2007 COULD see issues if, and when, similar earthquakes occur.   With a history of earthquakes of even higher magnitude in the same area. The concern is that some buildings may quote “sustain some minor damage, like small cracks,”   whereas newer structures are less likely to be in any way impacted.

– ‘Wild Boars’ cave rescue governor passes away
The governor of Pathum Thani who, as governor of Chiang Rai previously oversaw the rescue of the young footballers from a flooded cave, and went up against several who wanted the issue played down, has passed away in Siriraj Hospital.  The 58 year old career civil servant was hailed as a hero at the time, having put the safety of the lads before the saving of face . It’s expected that he will be given a hero’s funeral.

– 10 million pills seized in Pathum Thani narcotics bust
A heavy goods truck dumped in a side road in Pathum Thani was found to be laden with over 10 MILLION meth tablets this week, the driver escaped after police gave chase and, not knowing the area, turned into a cul de sac.  The truck was identified following information gleaned from those involved in a similar delivery, then 8 mill pills, last month.  Those involved rolled over after pleading for reduced sentences and it’s likely that other trucks will be caught too.

– Will Vlogger ‘My Mate Nate’ pay Thai policemen’s fines?
It’s now being stated that 30 of the 50 people dressed as police for a Youtuber’s video ARE genuine police officers, leading to the expectation that all will be charged with various offences AS it is forbidden for police to act for financial gain whilst in uniform.  My Mate Nate, the moniker used by American Nathanial Barting  was also called in for questioning by police and having gleaned several hundred thousand baht from his one video alone, onliners are wondering if he will pay the fines due from errant officers. Bartling’s clips appeal to younger Thais, as they are in the Thai language but have seen numerous issues in the past.  We now wait to hear his apology, that he didn’t mean to offend the Thai people and a few tears. His standard M that seems to keep him going here and avoiding a wave goodbye.  To date, he hasn’t been charged with any crime – that’s down to the Kanchanaburi police department though, and many are seething at the unwanted publicity.

– Cops under investigation for accepting bribes in narcotics sting
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, to the South of Thailand, 4 officers are being investigated after accusations that they accepted an envelope containing 300,000 baht, in order that a drug dealer escape charges there.  A committee has been set up by the provincial police chief which will review CCTV and witness statements.  Claims are that the 4 arrested the man , took away his 16.5 thuand meth pills, and later a cash donation.  No word on what happened to the pills.

– Taiwanese man caught on 10 year overstay
And a record , perhaps, for one Taiwanese man, as he was caught in Nan province on an overstay  of over 10 years.  Close to 4000 days without a visa saw him questioned, his passport found to be expired and taken away for processing.  Reminder though, if caught on an overstay there is a fine, a fee for processing and the need to buy a ticket before anyone can be sent to their home country.  And before coming up with the cash… those held remain at the less than comfortable immigration detention centres.

– Poo Yai Baan’s relative assaults emergency responder after Pattaya car crash
Meanwhile at home and to the east of the city in Khao mai kaew a local drunken man, related to the village poo yai baan, is said to have sucker punched an emergency responder who went out following reports of a car crash.  The car, left embedded in a building was trashed but the driver somehow survived with minor injuries.  The local man barraged the responder with insults telling him there was no need for him to be there and finally punched him as he ignored the yobbo and instead concentrated on the wreckage scene to ensure there were no other passengers.    Having secured the scene he had waited for police to arrive, tried to leave to avoid confrontation and was punched in the face.    A police complaint has been filed and all wait to see his the yob’s cousin will back the medic or his errant relative

– Tourist ends his life after hearing voices in his head 
An Indian man with mental health issues built an asphyxiation unit in his room consisting of a mask, pipes and nitrous oxide gas tank before tying himself up and passing away.  He left a series of messages for the condo owners asking them to call police and that he had done himself in, because he was bipolar and schizophrenic, and he was hearing voices in his head urging him to take his own life.

– 10 local cops charged with 140 million baht extortion 
Chonburi Police Chief Pol Maj Gen and 9 other senior officers have been officially charged with extortion to the tune of 140 million baht from criminals who, later, made complaints that they, online gambling merchants, had been scammed.  The deputy national police chief confirmed their charges yesterday, and said that most had already confessed and given statements implicating their fellow boys in brown.   Three Pattaya based civilians also implicated .. remain on the run.

  • Pattaya deluged by early morning storms 

    The Pattaya region was flooded before dawn this morning after storms deluged the area, seeing many roads under water until drainage cleared them.  After weeks of arid weather, the roads now remain slick and slippery and all are advised to take extra care.  High winds ripped out billboards and in some cases shanty house roofs as mud and sand washed onto highways adding to the danger.
    Heavy storms will see temperatures reduced for most of the day today. Highs of perhaps 30, dropping to 27 tonight.  Those storm fronts and winds are expected to return at some point.

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