Thai police have made several arrests after footage of a violent assault on a family of British tourists in the southern Thailand city of Hua Hin went viral online and provoked a massive reaction in UK media yesterday.
The three holidaymakers, including a middle-aged woman, were set upon by several men after an argument during Thai new year celebrations in Hua Hin. The victims were a man in his 40s and his parents, both in their 60s. One assailant is carrying a bottle, though the assault is solely with fists and feet. The trio are knocked down, then kicked when they try to get up. An onlooker who tries to help is overwhelmed. Bystanders come in to help the tourists after the assault.
For those who wish, the graphic footage can be viewed here:
Police have arrested three people over the attack, local Police Chief Chayakorn Siradecho told Thailand’s Nation newspaper yesterday.
Hua Hin, generally a delightful and friendly town, is popular with older Europeans including many Britons. News of the attack has been picked up by newspapers and TV channels throughout Britain.
Thai police were yesterday reported to be hunting for the last suspect seen assaulting the family.
The attack occurred on 13 April 2016 but video footage has only just made it on to the internet. According to the Guardian yesterday, the family are believed to be still in Thailand but leaving soon.
“The perpetrators said they were drunk. They have also apologised to the family,” Police Colonel Chaiyakorn Siradecho told the Thai news website Khaosod English.
The same website said the younger man had several stitches on his head, while the father had a head wound with swelling. The mother’s head injury had left her with occasional headaches, the site added.
Written by Peter Needham