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Phuket French tourist, 70, injured in bag snatch

PHUKET: A 70-year-old Frenchwoman is recovering from injuries after she was dragged to the ground during a bag-snatch in Cherng Talay yesterday (Mar 7).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 09:44AM

Ms Martine Delaloy told Cherng Talay Police that the attack happened while she was cycling on the road between Bang Tao Beach and Leypang Beach.

Two men approached from the opposite direction and stopped by the side of the road.

“It looked like one of them got have to have a pee, but after I passed by, they turned around and followed me,” Ms Delaloy said.

“One of them got off the motorbike and snatched my bag, which dragged me down onto the road,” she said

The thieves made off with is B500, a mobile phone and a cloth, Ms Martine said.

Ms Delaloy suffered scratches and bruises to her nose and the right side of her face, as well as her left knee and foot.

The only description of her assailants that Ms Delaloy could provide was that the man driving the motorbike was wearing a grey shirt.

Police are investigating further in the hope of apprehending the two men.



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Joe12 | 09 March 2016 - 21:32:36

I prefer the well written Editorial of 17 January 2016, "Phuket is no safe haven for the vulnerable" for "failing to apply basic “street smarts” which yvonne eloquently comments - rather than the comments from the neo-colonialist doomsayer (Kurt) who find their adopted country too inadequate and far too removed from the fatherland.

Kurt | 09 March 2016 - 10:06:01

Yvonne, You are very right.
However I not see Phuket Authorities declaring cycling to be a dangerous tourist affair with warning for snatching of personal belongings by locals, with risks to get dragged over street pavement.

Cycling alone is very dangerous on Phuket island, everywhere!
Danger comes from local bandits ( as in this article) or chance being hit by a speeding truck or car. 

yvonne | 08 March 2016 - 15:31:53

Tourists should be advised not to cycle on empty stretches of roads, neither in heavy traffic areas. For goodness sake, use cheap Public Transport to avoid attacks and getting injured or involved in serious  accidents in traffic.Applies even to local Ladies on bicycles. This  is not the first time this has happened. Somebody could  get hurt badly or even killed.

Kurt | 08 March 2016 - 10:14:05

Two cowards. Hope police catch them, than they get judged in Court. 
A year in thai prison will be good for them.
And than ban them from Phuket island ( a quality tourist island)

The 70 year old lady for sure will be very traumatised.
Feel very sorry for her and her complete spoiled holiday.

Another black day for the Phuket holiday industry.
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