In a story billed as exclusive the Pattaya One website on the eastern seaboard has announced that the Royal Thai Navy has occupied Pattaya Police station – the busiest on the eastern seaboard – and the Colonel in charge cannot be found following  the Thai military coup.

The whereabouts of the Pattaya Police Chief, Police Colonel Supachai Phuykaewkhum, is currently unknown but he is thought to be somewhere in Bangkok with his wife, Khun Juriporn, who is reported to have close affiliations with the Red Shirt Protesters”. – PattayaOne reports, and Pattaya Trader is also going with the story.

The story also offers the following: Because of the Curfew, journalists were prevented from taking pictures at the Police Station and it is currently unclear if Pattaya Police Officers will work in conjunction with Navy Officers or if the role of policing Pattaya has been completely transferred to the Navy“.

Cue: All the nice girls love a sailor

All the nice girls love a tar
For there’s something about a sailor
(Well you know what sailors are!)

I’m hoping PattayaOne knows something I do not.  But it sounds like, because of the curfew the news site does not know anything. (Update: Not so according to boss Howard Miller- see his comment below).

Could Supachai have been one of the 100 or so others summonsed by the military?  Or is PattayaOne really going out on a limb? The story was posted at 12.47 am last night, so maybe I thought some one had found a tavern which was not closed. But the story was still there at 12.47 pm today and PattayaOne boss Howard is a teetotaler.

One thing is for sure is that Supachai is an old Pattaya hand. He was formerly No2 so knows how the system works,  but will be missed by two special people if he goes.

Both of them have regularly beaten a path to his door.

No 1 is #DrewNoyes an American businessman and his Thai wife #WanrapaBoonsu c urrently in the Pattaya Provincial Court charged with extortion, who keep turning up to give him flowers.

And No 2 is #NielsColov, CEO of Pattaya People Media Group, former Danish underworld figure, and group leader of Pattaya Police Volunteers.

Could it just have been Lt. Colonel Supachai’s day off?

Or did he just want to take a break from Kew Gardens?
Or were the Royal Thai Navy just providing guard duty as they have been doing at many police stations in Bangjok – even at the Narcotics Suppression Division where I was this morning?

I called up a couple of English language radio stations down there to see if I could get the report verified.

Silence!  Sometimes coups have their blessings.

On a more serious note there has hardly been a police station that I have been in in the last 12 months, and that is many, that has not had a portrait of Thaksin Shinawatra hanging somewhere or other. I’m wondering how many have been taken down in the last few days.  Pattaya Police station is incidentally one of them.

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Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker. He is a former Fleet Street, London, journalist having worked at the Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, News of the World, Observer and The Times.

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