Pattaya Daily News

20 June 2007 :: 16:06:37 pm 43760

UK TOURISTS ATTACKED BY GANG OF 30 IN THAILAND UNDER INVESTIGATION

POLICE in Thailand are investigating an attack by more than 30 men on a group of British tourists in Nakorn Sawan province.
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Holidaymaker Thomas Patrick suffered a cracked skull after he and two friends were attacked as they ate at a food stall in Nakorn Sawan province, about 130 miles north of Bangkok. The motive is still unknown.
The attackers, including a soldier, began kicking and punching the three Britons, whose home towns are not known, on Sunday morning.

Mr Patrick and two other men – William Stone and Francis Peter – were taken to a hospital, but the same group of attackers reportedly stormed the hospital room and continued to beat them until police arrived.

A police spokesman said Mr Patrick’s condition was stable, adding the two other Britons were slightly injured. Police arrested and charged a soldier and another man with assault but are continuing to hunt the other attackers.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said the incident must be thoroughly investigated by police and the army.

“I believe it will not affect the image of the Thai army as it was more of an isolated incident that involved individuals. The Thai army does not encourage their men to act like hooligans.” Surayud said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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