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British tourists held ‘ransom’ by Thai police

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Original story by Ben Archibold.

Group of British women held to ransom by armed Thai police and forced to pay £150 – for a broken TOILET

“Jade McInnes, Stacey Robertson, Rachel McFarlane, and Emily Michie, from Fife in Scotland, were in disbelief when gun-toting cops appeared at their hotel.”

That’s the rather sensational headline in a UK tabloid, thesun.co.uk.

Let’s dig into the story…

Four British holidaymakers say they were held to ransom by armed police after the toilet at their Thai hotel was smashed.

Jade McInnes, Stacey Robertson, Rachel McFarlane, and Emily Michie claim they were told to pay 10,000 Baht (£230) for the broken toilet.

The Scottish women say the gun-toting cops then bartered with them before accepting 6,500 Baht – around £150 – not to chuck them in jail.

The standoff came after the group of old school pals came back from lunch on Wednesday to find the manager at JJ Residence on Phi Phi Island pointing to the broken lavvy.

“Then armed police arrived and threatened us with arrest if we didn’t pay.

“We didn’t want to miss our flight home, so we just had to pay it.

Jade, Stacey, 28, Rachel, 27, and 26-year-old Emily fly home today (October 19).

Bottomline in these situations, contact the Tourist Police to help wade around any ‘cultural misunderstandings’.  We’ve contacted the JJ Residence on Koh Phi Phi to confirm the story was true. They said it “was no scam” without wanting to comment further.

Somewhere between their Scottish accents and ‘Thainess’ there was sure to be some problems negotiating this situation. For your own piece of mind, when staying in a hotel room, check the room before and after with staff and take photos to back up your situation. Never give in to demands for payment without consulting with Tourist Police, or speaking to your Consulate if the amounts of money are high.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast - all clear | News by The Thaiger

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Investigation into mine explosion on a Phang Nga Bay bird’s-nest concession island

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by Sittichai Sikhawat 

Police have launched an investigation into an explosion at a bird’s-nest concession area in Phang Nga bay, where one man was killed and another injured on Monday night. The island is Koh Lao Dua, six kilometres north of Koh Yao Noi.

Story HERE (one man has died since The Thaiger story).

25 year old Boodrod Thongdee died following the blast, while 35 year old Somchai Thongdee was injured.

Somkid Thongdee, who was with the two victims at the time, survived the explosion without injury. He maintains that they had entered the area to collect wild orchids. One of the men stepped on a mine planted along the beach.

A local community leader, however, is raising doubts about their claim, saying that locals had long known that the concession area was out of bounds.

(Do tour operators and inquisitive tourists know about the locations? Are there clear and obvious warning signs along the beaches?)

“Some measures have been used to deter thieves,” the community leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The day after the blast police found more mines planted in the concession area.

One of them was apparently similar to a device that police had seized from bird’s-nest watchers last year.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Two injured after stepping on suspected mines at a Krabi island

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Two Thai men have sustained serious injuries after stepping on a mine at an island near Ao Nang, Krabi.

The Ao Nang Police were notified about the two men being injured from the incident in Ao Nang at 6pm last night.

35 year old Somchaai Longj sustained injuries on his legs, shoulder and a broken leg from the explosion and was taken to Krabi Hospital. The other injured person was 25 year old Boonrod Thongdee who was taken to a hospital in Phang Nga.

38 year old Somkid Tongdee says that he was heading from Koh Mak in Phang Nga Bay with two others friends to an island near Ao Nang in Krabi to collect wild orchids near a cave.

“Boonrod stepped on something in the ground before we heard the sound of an explosion.”

At this stage police speculate that the bomb might belong to a company who received a concession to produce and farm bird nets. They speculate they might have placed the mines to prevent and deter thieves.

The Thaiger has sought comment from provincial police about the possible presence of live mines on a Krabi island.

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