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British nationals are more likely to be arrested in Thailand than in any other overseas country, official figures reveal.

However, it’s in Spain and the USA where the highest number of arrests of British nationals were recorded.

According to the most recent stats available, which record the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, a total of 194 Brits were arrested in Thailand, which amounts to 45 per 100,000 visits.

The stats, which last week were compiled by statistics company Statista, were taken from the Helping British Nationals Abroad 2015/16 report.

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The report found that after Thailand, it’s the UAE and Portugal where Brits are most likely to be arrested with per 100,000 figures of 41.35 and 27.69, respectively.

While Spain topped the list overall with 1,012 arrests, that was from 13 million British visitors, giving it a per 100,000 figure of just 7.8, which is average for most destinations.

By comparison, 432,000 Brits visited Thailand during the same period, resulting in 194 arrests, FCO figures revealed.

The report also found that Thailand is among the countries where Brits are most likely to be hospitalised.

According to the report, Thailand was among the countries to record the highest number of cases involving mental health issues among Brits.

The report also found that the British Embassy in Bangkok is among the busiest consular section in the world, dealing with 1,112 cases during the period of the report, behind only Spain (2,872 cases) and USA (1,516).

The news comes after it was revealed that Thailand was among the most deadly countries for British nationals.

A report by The Sun last month revealed that Brits under the age of 40 are more likely to die in Cambodia and Thailand than in any other overseas country.

Thailand and Cambodia had more deaths per capita than any other country.

Cambodia which record 11 deaths from 136,232 visitors in 2017, has a death rate of approximately 8 per 100,000 British visitors.

Thailand, which record 25 deaths of Brits under the age of 40 from 411,000 British visitors has a death rate of 6 per 100,000 visitors, it was reported.

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Bangkok restaurants may soon be allowed to stay open a little later. Health officials are considering easing up Covid-19 prevention measures by extending restaurant dine-in closing times to 11pm. If the proposal by the Thai Restaurant Association is given a green light, it may lead to the lifting ban of alcohol drinking.

After the order of shutting entertainment venues and banning alcohol sales in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, and Chonburi, the revenues in the alcohol beverage business plummeted. Under disease control measures, restaurants in Bangkok are ordered to stop dine-in services at 9pm and all alcohol sales are banned at restaurants to limit gatherings.

According to the president of the Thai Alcohol Business Association, the current ban on alcohol is estimated to cost about 90 billion baht in revenue. The lifting of the ban is then believed to stimulate the economy.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce says the Cabinet might review the proposal on closing hours tomorrow and act immediately to provide relief to restaurant operators as well as those in the alcohol beverage business.

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At least 19 Covid-19 cases linked to 2 parties, including celebrity’s birthday

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At least 19 Covid-19 cases are related to 2 parties – a 5-day New Years celebration in Chiang Mai and a birthday party in Bangkok for a famous TV and radio host Techin Ployphet, aka DJ Matoom, on January 9.

A senior police officer in Bangkok is the latest case possibly linked to the Bangkok “party cluster.” The officer tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with someone who attended the celebrity’s birthday at the Vertigo restaurant and bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel.

After the party, the actor, as well as other attendees, later tested positive for Covid-19. DJ Matoom also attended a New Year’s celebration in Chiang Mai from January 1 to 5, which is also linked to a number of cases.

Department of Disease Control director general Opas Karnkawinpong says a man who attended the Chiang Mai probably carried the virus to Bangkok and spread it at DJ Matoom’s birthday party.

Since the police officer’s positive test result, the Criminal Records Division at the Royal Thai Police headquarters is temporarily closed for cleaning after a senior police officer tested positive for Covid-19.

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Police in Bangkok arrested 3 people for allegedly making cannabis cookies and selling them through the messaging application LINE under a chat group called “The Hippy Cookie.” Police raided a condominium room in the Bang Na district and seized 13 “foreign types” of cannabis, 46 food products made with cannabis and 3 types of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Using the LINE messaging app, the suspects allegedly sold cannabis and cannabis food products. The suspects allegedly sent the cannabis to buyers using a food delivery service.

An investigator joined the chat group and posed as a buyer, ordering 5 grams of cannabis for 3,500 baht. When the cannabis was sent through the food delivery service, police asked the driver to return the package to the suspects. Police say a suspect came down to receive the returned package. Investigators then searched the suspect’s condominium room.

One of the female suspects allegedly told the police that she used to sell cookies (regular cookies), adding that she has an interest in cannabis. She then studied how to make cannabis cookies and contact cannabis suppliers in Thailand before starting the illegal business with her boyfriend and a friend. She allegedly told police she started the business a year ago and has more than 100 regular customers.

The suspects were charged with illegally processing and distributing narcotic drugs. Parts of the cannabis plant with high amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, such as the buds, are still classified in Thailand as a Category 5 narcotic.

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