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Brit Attacks Fellow Countryman In Pattaya Bar Over Failed Bitcoin Investment

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Two Bungling Brits Fight In Pattaya Bar After Losing Money On Bitcoin Plan

Two Brits started fighting in a Pattaya bar over a failed Bitcoin investment which they hoped would make them rich.

Would-be tycoons Stephen Roohe, 50, and Russell Birtwistle, 60, met over drinks last Sunday afternoon where they discussed the loss.

Russell allegedly received 100,000 Baht (2,640GBP) from Stephen who only returned 92,500 Baht (2,450GBP) to his investment partner.

The discussion became heated as Stephen demanded back the missing cash – he then threw several punches knocking Russel to the ground.

CCTV shows how he then picked up a barstool and smashed it into his face while kicking him as he lay on the ground.

Shocked drinkers fled before two men stepped in to restrain the attacker. Russell was taken to hospital to receive treatment for cuts to his head and face.

He said: ”We were in a bitcoin investment since about two years ago and it worked well for about six months then the guy shut it down. But [Stephen] got his money back, he withdrew 100,000 baht but after the fees he was left with 92,500.

”I gave him everything that I got back and we’ve been playing golf ever since, I’ve been seeing him, having drinks with him, then Sunday night he just comes up to me in the bar and says ‘I want back 7,500 baht so I told him I couldn’t give it to him. Then he just hit me out of the blue.”

Russell’s Thai girlfriend said the pair had been good friends before the Bitcoin investment, which they hoped would make them rich.

She said: “He hit my boyfriend out of anger because he couldn’t get back the money. It was not my boyfriend’s fault, the bigger deal closed down.”

Pattaya Police issued an arrest warrant for Roohe and he was later taken to the station for questioning.

He admitted attacking Russell and the case was closed after he agreed to pay him 20,000 Baht to cover hospital fees to treat his injuries.

A police spokesman said: ”The foreign party agreed to pay damages to the victim and accept liability.”

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Pubs And Clubs Closed Until At Least June 30, Booze Remains Banned In Restaurants

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang issued an order Monday morning (Jun 1) listing 16 business types that will remain closed until June 30 or until further notice.

Entertainment venues, such as bars and nightclubs, top the list with attention to the clause noting the sale of alcohol in restaurants will also remain prohibited throughout the month of June.

The wording of the order specifying June 30 with the addition of “until further notice” leaves it open to interpretation, however, it is not expected the date of reopening entertainment venues will be brought forward.

Other businesses on the list included:

Water and amusement parks
Snooker halls
Arcades
Gaming and internet cafes
Cockfighting rings
Nurseries and care homes
Boxing stadiums
Martial arts schools
Horse racetracks
Bathing houses
Sexual massage joints
Banquet halls
Bullfighting grounds, fish fighting venues or similar places

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Pattaya Beaches Open From Today

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Pattaya Beaches Open From Today

Beaches in and around Pattaya will reopen to the public today having been closed since May 9 allowing local to enjoy some sun, sand and sewage.

Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem announced on Friday that Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach, Phra Thamnak beach, Cosy Beach, Wong Amat beach, Krathing Rai beach, Lan Phor Na Kluea public park and the grounds of Bali Hai pier will all be open with social distancing measures in place.

Koh Lan will also reopen to daytrippers having been off-limits since March 25, however, as yet hotels are not permitted to receive guests.

Beaches will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday in the second or third week of the month for cleaning instead of the usual Wednesday as was the case before they were closed.

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UK Visa Application Center In Bangkok Re-Opening

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From 1 June, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services and their main Visa Application Centre in Bangkok ) will be open from the same date.

Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment will be able to log into their account to book a new appointment from 26 May 2020. Customers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can do so from 25 May 2020.

Safety will be a top priority, so customers visiting the Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe social distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear face masks.

Please also be aware, that due to restrictions still in place globally, the following services are unavailable: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit) or Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service.

It is strongly advised that all customers to purchase Courier Return of their documents, so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Centre again, after a decision is made. If a decision has been made on your application, and you need to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre, they will contact you to arrange this.

From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the latest information before you travel at gov.uk/uk-border-control.

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