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15 December 2010 :: 14:12:02 pm 47667

Police Conduct Purge Of South Pattaya To Ensure Safety Of Tourists

The Pattaya Police have carried out a purge of beggars, street hawkers, prostitutes and other individuals deemed a nuisance and safety risk for tourists. The operation is intended to project a positive image for the resort prior to the forthcoming festive season.
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Pattaya, 15 December 2010 (PDN): At 1.00 am on Wednesday Lieutenant Colonel Arun Phromphan, Chief Inspector of the Pattaya Tourist Police, lead a team of investigators and tourism police volunteers to purge the south Pattaya area of beggars, street hawkers, prostitutes and other individuals deemed to be a nuisance and a threat to tourists. The operation was carried out along Pattaya Beach, Walking Street and in the South Pattaya area.

The police taskforce arrested several people in the following categories: illegal flower sellers (30 suspects arrested), illegal possession of protected wildlife (1 suspect arrested with a python snake), illegal aliens (4 suspects arrested) and a lady boy prostitute gang (11 suspects arrested.) All were detained for questioning and were put on display at the ensuing press conference.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Arun Phromphan revealed that the Police Central Investigation Bureau Commissioner Lieutenant General Phongphat Chayaphan had ordered the clean up to maintain the security of the city’s tourists. The safety of Pattaya’s visitors had also been the prime concern of Major General Adit Ngamjitsuksri, Commissioner of the Tourist Police.

The aim of this latest purge was to remove all those individuals that were the source of nuisance and harassment for tourists, especially along Pattaya beach and Walking Street, and to project a positive image for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Those arrested would be registered and checked for previous offenses, and then fined 100 – 200 baht, before being released with a warning.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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