A brutal street fight reportedly involving British tourists broke out on a busy red-light district street in Thailand – just 24 hours after an Australian tourist was beaten to death at a nearby bar.
Video shows a group of at least eight men fighting on the notorious Walking Street – known for its ‘go go bars’ – in Pattaya, Thailand, on Saturday night.
The fight allegedly involve British tourists, seen in shorts and flip-flops in the footage, and a group of Middle Eastern holidaymakers.
Fight: Video footage shows a group of men, reportedly British and Middle Eastern, fighting in the street in Pattaya, Thailand
The group fought in the streets for several minutes before several women, reportedly working as prostitutes in a nearby bar, stepped in to break up the brawl.
Onlooker John Paget, 30, said: ‘Men this age should know better, but the heat, beer and testosterone are heady mix and seem to make people behave in ways they wouldn’t do at home.
‘Luckily nobody was injured and it dispersed without consequence.’
The punch-up took place some 24 hours after Australian Benjamin Robb, 42, was killed on a neighbouring street.
Mr Robb died after allegedly being punched, thrown across the room and having his head stamped on ‘ten to 15 times’ by Jose Manuel Polanco Jr, 43, from New York, U.S.
Fists flying: The argument had reportedly started in a nearby bar and spilled out onto the street in Pattaya’s notorious red-light district
The group fought in the streets for several minutes before several women, reportedly working as prostitutes in a nearby bar, stepped in
Polanco Jr – previously jailed in 1993 for manslaughter – turned himself in to police claiming self-defence after allegedly trying to break up a scuffle between Robb and a bar maid.
The street brawl on Saturday night was followed by another incident involving a British citizen.
An unnamed British man ended up in a fight with his landlord outside his rented Pattaya home in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The British man was filmed sitting helplessly on the ground with blood pouring from his head after an apparent disagreement over unpaid rent.
He was taken to the police station for questioning and received treatment for the wounds.
Attacks: The incidents have taken place in the Thai resort town of Pattaya (pictured)
The resort of Pattaya – dubbed the ‘sex capital of the world’ – has been plagued by extreme incidents over the last year and accusations that it is a haven for criminals.
In February 2017, Briton Tony Kenway, a 39-year-old father-of-four, was executed in broad daylight.
Last month, British ex-soldier Reece Vella was arrested over the death of prostitute Wannipa Janhuathon, 26, who plunged from a hotel balcony while they had sex.
Thailand’s central administration in Bangkok – keen to rid the country of its seedy image and attract families who typically spend more – has tried clean up the resort with a series of top-down orders for raids and safety initiatives.
But it appears to have so far had little effect, with sex and violence still prevalent in the former sleepy coastal fishing village.
Police Major General Wattana Pradit, Deputy Head of investigations at Pattaya Police, said today: ‘Me and my team will continue to fight against crime and law-breaking in Pattaya.
‘We respond quickly to any incident and prosecute any offenders fully.
‘This is not the place where people should come if they want to commit crimes.
‘Pattaya is a place that is safe for families and young people from around the world to have a safe and happy holiday.’