Thai police reportedly arrested six Brits after robbing an illegal party in a bar to tackle alleged coronavirus rule violations.
The British tourists are among 89 foreigners arrested along with 22 Thais after police stormed the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan Island.
Col. Suparerk Pankosol, the superintendent of the province’s immigration service, said the party was illegal to crack down on Covid under a state of emergency declared last March.
Colonel Pankosol said his team tracked the party after seeing tickets advertised online for 100 baht (£ 2.43). Sky news Reports.
Among the foreigners arrested are 10 Americans, 19 French nationals and tourists from 16 other countries.
The owner of the bar and a person who sells drinks in the bar were also arrested among other local residents, according to Colonel Pankosol.
Sky News reports that between 20 and 30 of the tourists detained were still in police cells in the UK on Wednesday night because they had not left bail.
All 111 people arrested in the raid are due to appear in court on Thursday and will be charged with violating current regulations to prevent the virus from spreading.
The penalty for violating the nation’s state of emergency is up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 40,000 baht (£ 972).
Since April last year, tourists have been banned from entering Thailand.
Most of the foreigners arrested had tourist visas but had stayed in the country because of the pandemic.
The island of Koh Phangan is popular with backpackers.
There have been 15,465 cases of the virus in Thailand, only 29 of which occurred in the Surat Thani area where the party was taking place.
However, 11 of those 29 cases occurred in the last month.