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Phuket beach attack leaves two tourists injured

Phuket beach attack leaves two tourists injured

PHUKET: Police are looking for three youths who are alleged to have attacked four tourists on Patong Beach in the early hours of this morning (Apr 1).

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Friday 1 April 2016, 06:27PM


The incident took place on Patong Beach close to the Graceland Hotel.

The incident took place on Patong Beach close to the Graceland Hotel.

Lt Col Anukul Nookaid of Kathu Police was alerted of an incident at 4:30am where it was reported that three youths had had attacked four tourists on Patong Beach close to Graceland Hotel.

The victims, were named as Daniel James Wade, 20, and Ms Natasha Gibson, 21, from Australia and Anton Lukin, 30, and Ms Aleksandra Obodova, 22, from Russia.

Mr Lukin suffered an injury to his hand and was admitted to Patong Hospital, Ms Obodova suffered injuries to her left hand, right knee and abdomen and was admitted to Vachira Hospital. Both are recovering well from their injuries police have been told.

According to the police statement, the four were playing in the water when three teenagers arrived at the beach. Mr Lukin and Ms Obodova came to shore and were threatened by the youths with a knife.

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The two sustained injuries whilst trying to grab the knife from the attackers.

Mr Wade and Ms Gibson tried to assist the two Russians and sustained minor injuries.

The three youths then sped away on a motorbike towards Loma Park.

Lt Col Anukul said, “We are currently checking CCTV footage from the area to assist us in finding the suspects.”

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Belzybob | 03 April 2016 - 10:59:38

While not blaming the tourists for what occurred, I cannot think of any beach, bar a deserted desert island, on which I would plan on being on at 04:30.

edward partridge | 03 April 2016 - 05:34:39

what a sicko dump this patong has become.. how long since there has been any news which could promote this place as a safe tourist destination .90% of news is seen as exactly the opposite.  pity the expat owners of real estate in that so called paradise

LES | 02 April 2016 - 19:40:35

If youths are out at 4.30am, then they can only be looking for opportunities. Difficult to speculate, but possible robbery motive ?.
These tourists could have been the first and easiest target.As one commentator has said, it is only by chance that a murder is not being investigated, a slip of a knife and anything can happen.
The police know that revellers are also coming out of clubs late, and i...

Whistle-blower | 02 April 2016 - 09:40:05

Phuket has only 1800 policemen for more than 1M people living including 200,000 Burmeses and more than 500,000 Thais from other provinces who are not registered with local administration.
Most of the crimes in Phuket are from those 2 groups because they know they can avoid to be arrested if they hide in another province for a while.

yvonne | 01 April 2016 - 19:16:41

Seems these gangs of Thai Youths are getting out of control now in Phuket. Never used to be like that. High time punishment when they are caught are sever and their bikes confiscated. Tourists it seems are not longer safe in Phuket from attacks by THAIS. This NEVER used to be the case. Thais are let off too easily with just a slap on the wrist.No good TAT holding workshops everywhere to Promote Th...

slippery snake | 01 April 2016 - 18:45:48

Another knife attack, at least this time no one was killed !
But it sure won't be a long time in coming ....  

 

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