UK ambassador, hoteliers mourn slain tourist
British Ambassador Mark Kent, Pha-ngan Hotel Association officials and other representatives of the tourism and hospitality sector yesterday laid a wreath in remembrance of Briton Stephen Ashton.
The young man was fatally struck by a stray bullet when a gunfight erupted during a New Year's countdown party on Pha-ngan Island in Surat Thani. The association also sent a condolence letter to the victim's family via the ambassador.
The association offered to follow up on developments in the case with police and take responsibility for the return of Ashton's body to the UK. The group called on security agencies to deploy weapons detectors and more security officers to prevent weapons being taken onto the island.