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Live grenade found in garbage pile near Chon Buri housing estate

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A man found a live grenade in a garbage pile near a Chon Buri housing estate. 48 year old Sukhawut Wichada said he was looking around the area for papaya when he came across the grenade.

“I was searching for papaya before I found this… I knew it was a grenade. I ran away before calling the police.”

Both police and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, team responded to the scene to safety remove the grenade from the area. They say the M26 hand grenade was found in a white box along with a remote control. EOD Captain Anak Kruakuenpetch says the grenade was live.

“The grenade was in ‘100% working condition.’ This explosive has a range of up to 20 metres.”

Pan Thong Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Drunk besties turn on each other and sustain injuries in knife fight

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A pair of so-called drunk besties, in the Banglamung district of Chon Buri province, apparently turned on each other after midnight yesterday, with both sustaining knife injuries after an altercation. Rescue workers arrived at a rental room in Khao Maikaew to find the 2 injured men.

48 year old Chaiyaphon Kannarat and 42 year old Apinan Kongprem were taken to the hospital for medical assistance. Banglamung police say they found a kitchen knife about 30 centimetres long and a broken stove that hit during the fight.

There is no word on whether the 2 besties made amends with each other after the altercations.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Teenagers break vending machine by inserting beer bottle tops to pay for coffee

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A group of teenagers in the eastern province of Chon Buri has been caught on CCTV inserting flattened bottle tops into a coffee vending machine, causing it to break. In the footage, 4 teenagers, male and female, can be seen arriving on a motorbike and parking in front of a convenience store in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They are then seen flattening beer bottle tops and sticking them in a vending machine outside the store. Miraculously, their efforts pay off and the machine dispenses a cup of coffee. The 4 can be seen sharing the hot drink and then driving off. It’s understood the cost of a cup of coffee from the machine is 10 baht.

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The 61 year old store owner first realised there was a problem when a customer told her the vending machine wasn’t working. Shopkeeper Somjit Ketkaew tried to insert a coin and was unable to do so, asking her son to check the CCTV footage. She says she doesn’t recognise any of the teenagers and believes they are not from the area.

The machine was opened up to reveal several objects inside, including flattened bottle tops and round metal objects, including 1 baht coins, although the machine only accepts 10 baht coins.

The former village head, 64 year old Charoen Ketkaew, says the machine was installed using 60,000 baht of village funds. The intention was to give villagers access to decent coffee at a cheap price. As the machine is now out of warranty, he says they have been quoted 8,000 baht to repair it.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Chon Buri royalists, pro-government groups, gather to show support for the Monarchy

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Thousands of royalist supporters and pro-government factions have come together in Chon Buri to show their support for the Thai Monarchy. Actor brothers, Bin and Ekapan Bunluerit, were also present at the rally on Chonlamark Vithee Road, as well as the mayor of Pattaya, Sonthaya Khunplome, and his brother, Wittaya Khunplome.

The governor of Chon Buri, Phakthorn Thianchai, was also in attendance, having brought a display of flowers to honour Their Majesties, the King and Queen. Later in the evening, he took delivery of a message of support from host Somchai Kiratiyaphong, before passing it to government officials. It’s understood the message will be delivered to the palace so that the Royal Family can acknowledge the loyalty of Chon Buri residents and those from nearby provinces.

Participants held up pictures of Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Thailand, as well as portraits of His Majesty, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. They waved Royal and Thai flags, chanting, “Long Live the King”, as they marched to Chon Buri City Hall. At 6.00pm, a message of loyalty to the Monarchy was read out on stage, with the crowd then lighting candles in tribute to Their Majesties, the King and Queen.

According to a report in The Pattaya News, actor Bin Bunluerit has called on the people of Thailand to come together and show love and loyalty to the Monarchy. It’s understood both he and his brother plan to take part in further pro-establishment events around the Kingdom.

The Chon Buri gathering comes amid ongoing political unrest, with Thailand divided across political and generational lines. Tomorrow, anti-government protesters will hold a rally in Bangkok, where they will repeat calls for reform of the Monarchy, as well as the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and a re-write of the constitution.

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