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50 year old Brit’s dream holiday turns into a nightmare



A dream holiday turned into a nightmare for a husband and wife when he was robbed at gunpoint and left so badly hurt he needed emergency surgery.

Mik Laverty was mugged during he and wife Denise’s first full day in Thailand and now the couple’s friends are raising money towards his treatment and to help get them home.

Mr Laverty had been left so badly hurt that his recollection of the mugging is patchy but he remembered seeing a black 4×4 vehicle around the time he was grabbed.

The couple, from Newton Wycliffe in the UK, travelled to Phuket on Thursday to celebrate Army veteran Mr Laverty’s 50th birthday.

After the perfect start to their break, the holiday took a dramatic turn for the worse when Mr Laverty was attacked by two young men who put a gun in his face and demanded money.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Courtesy of The Northern Echo.




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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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