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  • “Walking Street @Silom” New destination in Town.

    Brand New city market “Walking Street @Silom” opens up (15 December 2019) welcoming visitors to the brand new destination in town every 3rd Sunday of the month from 12.00 to 22.00. Right from lunchtime, big crowds of locals and tourists have joined in the grand opening by shopping for goods and tasting cool dishes along the famous Silom road. The stalls line both sides of Silom road under the BTS Skytrain elevated rails to give some shade from the bright sun. 

    Over 300 businesses have joined the walking street with 70% being food stalls including classic Thai food and trendy options including drinks and desserts to end a perfect meal. Visitors can also shop home products including handmade goods, OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) goods, clothes, and other goods. There are also street performers who will be a part of the experience of Walking Street @Silom.

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    There is a stage in the middle of the street with various shows such as a Thai Dance show. The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha went on the stage to officially open Walking Street @Silom up for business. The main concept behind the event is to “Walk, Eat, Taste, and Explore”. The new walking street will promote tourism in the area along with boosting the economy in the area. The Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang joined in the grand opening celebration.

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    The Prime Minister stated in his ceremonial speech that tourists visit Thailand because of the beautiful nature, delicious food that is good and cheap, and Thai Smile. The Thai people need to keep these good qualities by continuing to smile and to have peace along with efficiency and safety. The government wants to increase tourism, but safety and stability must come first. The government can’t approve every project because there is a budget. The Prime Minister touched on a few other topics before ending with a statement that the people must become one, the Thai’s must stand solo and to not let any person destroy this unity.

    FB Caption: The Prime Minister gave an opening speech at the brand new walking street on Silom Road, Bangkok.

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  • Indonesian woman arrested after robbing gold shop.

    The Police in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province arrested Erri Weneae 37 years old from Indonesia on 11 December 2019. The suspect had stolen 1 Baht of gold from a local gold shop in Tungsong District on 20 November 2019. Officials took the suspect back to where the robbery took place for a re-enactment of the crime. Immigration police arrested the suspect at the Sa Kaeo Province Immigration Office. When they realized who she was and the crimes in her name, officials arrested her on the spot before delivering the suspect to the Tungsong Police Station in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

    During the re-enactment, Erri participated with the police accordingly with no issues throughout the process. She revealed that the first step was to confuse Pakakaew, the gold shop employee working at the time of the robbery. Erri would ask to see several gold pieces before telling Pakakaew that she didn’t want them. As Pakakaew took the gold back and placed them on the wall behind the counter, the suspect grabbed the gold and ran out of the gold shop.

    The security footage inside the shop confirmed Erri’s confession, there was also footage showing the suspect running on the street moments after she left the gold shop. A report was filed to the Tungsong Police and investigation discovered that the criminal was an Indonesian woman. An arrest warrant was issued for Erri Weneau.

    Then on 11 December 2019 officials from the Tungsong Police Station received notification from the Sa Kaeo Immigration Office stating that they have arrested the suspect in the case. The police went to pick up the suspect from Sa Kaeo Province back to Nakhon Si Thammarat, where the gold theft took place. At first, Erri admitted that she was the suspect who stole the gold and claimed that this was her first time stealing gold from a gold shop. Her criminal record revealed different as she had robbed multiple gold shops in other districts. Erri has done this so many times, the Gold Traders Association in Thailand has Blacklisted her name. History also confirms that Erri visits Thailand on a regular basis.

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    FB Caption: Erri has done this so many times, the Gold Traders Association in Thailand has Blacklisted her name.

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  • 15 year old forced to use and sell drugs

    A 15 year old girl called her father for help after she was forced by her boyfriend to become a deliver drugs for his gang. Officials at the Nang Rong Police Station in Buriram Province were notified by the father on 14 December 2019 about the 15 year old girl. The father reported that his daughter was kept locked inside a rented room in Nang Rong District forced to deliver drugs for a local drug gang. If she doesn’t follow the orders than the gang would beat her up.

    A number of officials went on a rescue mission to save the girl at the house. When they arrived, officials found out that there were 2 rooms. The search discovered 1 teenager and 3 minors, one of them was Aum 15 years old from Lahansai District in Buriram the daughter of the father who notified the police for help. When the police entered the home, Aum saw her aunt who was with the police. Aum ran and hugged her aunt in tears as she realized that she is now safe.

    After searching both rooms officials found crystal meth, Yaba pills, guns, equipment for drug use, and a digital scale to weigh the crystal meth. The evidence was hidden in random spots throughout both of the rooms. It appears that the drugs were for personal use by the people in the house as there was equipment for crystal meth use and the digital scale which is to weigh the crystal meth. All of the evidence has been seized and will be used in the prosecution of the case. Louis 33 years old was in the house when the police arrived but he managed to getaway.

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    The 15-year-old stated that she met Louis at a Karaoke restaurant in Pakam District. Louis invited her to come to stay with him and a few other friends. He then asked Aum to use drugs before forcing her to deliver drugs for him. Louis has taken her on trips to pick up drug shipments and uses her to deliver the drug orders. Aum didn’t want to be involved anymore with fear of being arrested. Louis didn’t like the idea and started threatening to hurt her using a gun. From the fear of dying she decided to call her father.

    FB Caption: The father reported that his daughter was kept locked up inside a rented room in Nang Rong District forced to deliver drugs for a local gang.

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  • Mall customers flee as Power Strip catches on fire.

    A big mall in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan almost caught on fire causing customers to race to the exit. Smoke filled the mall with the source coming from a toy store. This story is a good warning to choose quality power strips with surge protectors and to not overload a power outlet. The incident was shared by a Facebook page named Here is Bang Phli in Thai on 12 December 2019.

    A picture was attached in the post showing the melted power strip and the remains of the fire that started to melt the cords. Smoke slowly started inside the toy store before it spread throughout the floor. Shop vendors and customers in the mall noticed the smoke and feared for a fire before rushing to the nearest exit. Luckily the store staff and the mall’s security guards put out the fire in time with fire extinguishers before the flames caught onto something else.

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    The Sanook News Team went to the mall and discovered that the store with the source of the fire was locked up with metal chains. The security guards blocked off any media from entering or taking any footage near the toy store. The main cause of the fire is estimated to be an electrical fire from multiple power strips and extension cords. One of the power strips might’ve not had a surge protector and power overloaded in one of the cords that were too small or low quality.

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    This incident is a good reminder that power strips are an extremely important product that needs to have certain quality guidelines when purchasing. Power strips can be bought in Thailand at prices as low as 20 THB. When taken apart, the low priced power strips reveal that they are made with 2 thin wires or metal bars inside that is expected to supply power to multiple electrical devices. On your next power strip purchase make sure to look for ones with surge protectors or at least one that has been approved by the TISI logo (Thai Industrial Standards Institute).

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    FB Caption: A good reminder to why a 20THB power strip is not worth the savings.

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  • Hotel Washbasin falls on customer’s feet.

    Facebook User Nueng Nstar shared pictures of an incident where a hotel’s washbasin broke down in the bathroom along with blood as a result of the accident. Nueng had plans to stay at a hotel in the Rattanathibet area, Nonthaburi Province for over 10 days from 6 December to 17 December 2019 for work. A friend in the group was using the bathroom when the washbasin suddenly fell down onto her feet. The victim ended up with 9 stitches (sutures) with a medical bill of 6,300 THB.

    The victim tried to talk to the hotel about the accident. Instead of reasoning with the customers, the hotel denied all responsibility and stated that they want to press charges for breaking their washbasin. Nueng stated “The washbasin in the hotel’s bathroom fell down onto my friend’s feet. We talked to the hotel manager and asked whether they would be taking care of the medical bills as the accident was a result of faulty products in their room.

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    The manager told us that they have no responsibility for the issue and that the customer must take care of all the medical costs as no one from the hotel was at the incident when it happened. How could they say that? we just want the hotel to take responsibility for the situation that happened. It’s 600 THB per night, we’re staying for more than 10 nights with a total bill of over 6,000 THB.

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    Not only is the hotel denying any responsibility, they told us that we might’ve tried to remove the washbasin. Who would do that? I use it to wash my face not to dance on it. I came here to sleep, do I need one of your employees to come shower and sleep with me? This is not ok, I only asked the hotel to take care of the medical bill but now I might want something more. From what the manager told me if I was stuck in a falling elevator and died then it would be my fault if there was no hotel staff in there with me. This has affected my job and my feelings.”

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    FB Caption: Instead of reasoning with the customers, the hotel denied all responsibility and stated that they want to press charges for breaking their washbasin.

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  • 9 more arrested with fake passports.

    The Immigration Police are arresting more foreigners in Thailand every day thanks to the help of the Biometrics system that has been a great success since its installment. Officials from the Immigration Bureau reported the arrests from 9 cases that took place in November 2019 of illegal foreigners that entered the country unlawfully.

    The Immigration Police have received important orders with the goal to arrest foreigners acting against the law and those who are a risk to society within this year in 2019. The implementation of the Biometrics System has greatly assisted officials with clear background information on the passport holders, revealing the truth if they are holding a fake passport or if they are using someone else passports, including fake Visa stamps in hopes of leaving to another country.

    Out of the 9 cases, 7 involved suspects holding fake passports. The 7 suspects included a suspect from Bangladesh, a suspect from Taiwan, a suspect from China, 2 suspects from Morocco, and 2 suspects with unknown origins. The remaining 2 cases involved suspects that used passports that did not belong to them. The 2 suspects included one from Mexico and one from China.

    The 7 suspects with fake passports tried to use such passports to leave the nation and travel into other countries while the 2 other suspects tried to use the passports to enter Thailand. The 2 passports were real but it wasn’t theirs in the first place. The passports had pictures that were similar to their appearances but the biometrics system revealed that they were, in fact, different persons.

    Officials have charged the Mexican man and the Chinese man for using another person’s passport. The 2 Moroccans have been charged with the possession of a fake passport and a fake Visa stamp (Schengen Visa) with the intention to travel internationally with the stamp. The rest of the suspects have been charged with possession of a fake passport with the intention to travel internationally. The 9 suspects have been sent to the Suvarnabhumi Police Station for further prosecution.

    FB Caption: The 9 Suspects included 2 from China, 1 from Bangladesh, 1 from Mexico, 1 from Taiwan, 2 from Morocco, and 2 with unknown origins.

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  • Macgyver Gang arrested with 60kgs of Crystal Meth.

    Police Lieutenant General Visanu Prasatthongosot from the Royal Thai Police reported several arrests in big recent drug cases including the arrest of the Macgyver gang nicknamed as superhumans with diamond brains amongst Thai Netizens and the arrest of a marijuana smuggling gang with an enormous collection of evidence including the seize of over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. The Macgyver gang distributes its products mainly through online social media platforms.

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    Sutthipong and 7 other members of the gang were arrested on 4 December 2019. The group was moving crystal meth from Mae Sai District in Chiang Rai Province to other provinces in Thailand. Sutthipong and 1 other suspect went to purchase a suitcase from a shopping mall in Chiang Rai. Together with 3 other members, they drove rented cars into the main city in Chiang Rai following each other along the way. The group avoided main roads to hide from police checkpoints. They parked at a house but used the cars to block off the entrances.

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    The police saw this and thought it was suspicious so they searched the house. Sutthipong and the members tried to escape from the house but the police have already surrounded the area and they were all arrested. Inside was evidence including 60 kilograms of crystal meth placed in a suitcase. The first arrest of members in the Macgyver gang led to the arrest of 4 more suspects from the gang. Officials also found out that one of the suspects have connections to a big investor paying for the drug costs in Sutthipong’s gang. Officials also reported other drug-related cases with evidence including 128,000 Yaba pills, 25,000 Ecstacy pills, 1,350 kilograms of Marijuana, and 98,000 Erimin-5 pills. This large pile of evidence comes from 7 drug cases with 3 being cases related to marijuana.

    FB Caption:  The group was moving drugs from Mae Sai District in Chiang Rai Province to other areas in Thailand.

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  • Poland tourist and Thai girl Missing in Phuket

    A Poland man and a Thai girl rented kayaks with some friends in Phuket on 7 December 2019. When they were out in the water the waves had separated them from the group of friends. The tourist contacted the friends stating that he was able to get back into the kayak but there was no kayak paddle and the location was unclear. There have been no other communications made from either the tourist or the Thai girl since they went missing. It is estimated that the waves might have pulled them to a nearby island.

    Officials from the Navy (Third Naval Area Command), Phuket Tourist Police, other related officials, and the kayak owner worked together in searching for the 2 missing persons. The news went public to the media on 8 December 2019. Officials and friends of the missing persons went on a helicopter search provided by the tourist police starting in the early hours of the 8th. The first goal was to check all areas nearby where they went missing. They have searched several areas that the kayak could’ve floated to including Karon Beach, Koh Kaew Phitsadan Island, and Promthep Cape.

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    The missing persons are 1. Matthew 27 years old from Poland and 2. Wirakan 23 years old from Nakhon Sawan Province. The search continues on 9 December 2019 with new search plans involving Aircraft, Naval ship no.991 and no.233, Marine Police boat no.814, speedboats, and more. All areas that have not been searched will be cleared and the search will continue until both missing persons are found. The friends are holding onto hope that both the tourist and the Thai girl will be found safe and sound before they are brought back to Phuket.

    FB Caption: The tourist stated that he was able to get back into the kayak but there was no kayak paddle and the location was unclear.

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  • Wanted by Interpol with 468M USD in Damages arrested.

    Police Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduang from the Immigration Police and related officers reported the arrest of a South Korean man wanted by Interpol hiding in Thailand. Officials received information from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea of a man involved in a Ponzi Scheme called “Pay100” hiding in Thailand.

    Pay100 advertizes to investors claiming that investments will bring back high interests in the form of digital currencies. People from Korea and other nations around the world fell victim to the high claims, there are over 5,000 victims with damages of over 468 Million USD. The suspect is wanted by the Seoul Criminal Court and has a Red Notice from the Interpol.

    There have been multiple Ponzi Scheme cases in Thailand recently with damages amounting to billions of THB, this includes the Mae Manee Ponzi Scheme and the Forex-3D Ponzi Scheme. The Department of Special Investigation and related officials are currently working on both of these cases. The “Pay 100” Ponzi scheme beets all of the Thai Ponzi Schemes as there are victims from around the world with a shocking chart of investments made towards the scheme.

    Jaesong 53 years old traveled into Thailand before the police received information about his crimes and that he is wanted by Interpol. He entered Thailand legally and arrived here on 1 September 2019 at Don Mueang International Airport. He received permission to stay in the country until 29 November 2019. After receiving the information officials realized that he, in fact, came into Thailand to hide from his arrest warrant in South Korea.

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    The Immigration Police kept close watch once they realized what Jaesong had done and the number of damages involved in the case. Then on 27 November 2019, the Sa Kaeo Province Immigration Office successfully arrested Jaesong. His visa has been canceled where he has now been deported back to South Korea where his prosecution process will take place.

    FB Caption: People from Korea and other nations around the world fell victim to the high claims, there are over 5,000 victims with damages of over 468 Million USD.

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  • American, S Korean, and Indian citizen arrested.

    Police Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduang and other officers from the Immigration Police reported the arrest of 3 cases. The first case is the arrest of a 26-year-old American citizen. The suspect has an arrest warrant out in his name back in the USA. He had committed child molestation on his own sister who was only 14 years old, the case took place in August of this year. The suspect flew into Thailand on 30 August with a temporary visitor visa. He was arrested at a meditation center in Min Buri District, Bangkok. Officials believe him as a threat to society and are wanted by foreign officials.

    The second case is the arrest of a 30-year-old South Korean citizen. Officials were notified from multiple hostel owners that there has been a man robbing hostels in Bangkok. At the moment of the arrest, the suspect had evidence including a combination wrench and multiple foreign currency bills. The investigation discovered that he came into Thailand on 30 June 2016 and has overstayed his visa for 3 years and 26 days. Officials believe that throughout the years living here the man has robbed at least 10 hostels. He was arrested while checking into a hostel at Jakkawat Area, Bangkok.

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    The third and last case is the arrest of an Indian citizen who committed sexual assault on a 26-year-old Thai woman while they were in a hostel in the Phayathai Area, Bangkok. Officials found information through the Biometrics and Pibics systems that revealed the suspect lived and worked in Trang Province as a University Professor. This was his first arrest, he was sent to the Phayathai police station for prosecution.

    FB Caption: The American man molested his 14-year-old sister and was found in a meditation center. The Indian man sexually assaulted a Thai woman is a University Professor in Trang Province. The S Korean man is estimated to have robbed at least 10 hostels throughout Bangkok.

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