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Police Blotter: 6 Jan 2011

Police Blotter: 6 Jan 2011

‘Gangster’ students held after café row
Police briefly detained five “gangster” students accused of fighting each other with wooden staves and knives in a coffee shop in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Monday. The five students were arrested after the café owner filed a complaint, saying the scuffle had alarmed the shop’s other customers. Police said the suspects were briefly detained for “reeducation” before being released without charge, since no one was injured in the fracas. Police said the students had made a solemn promise to “stop fighting each other in public”.

Thirsty insomniac catches cat burglar
A 24-year-old thief was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught sneaking into a home in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district in the middle of the night. Police said the man, who was caught red-handed when one of the residents of the house woke up and went into the kitchen for a glass of water, had admitted to committing four or five other burglaries in the past.

Woman, 55, dead after lorry hit-and-run
A 55-year-old woman died in hospital after being hit by a lorry while she was crossing a street in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Monday. A witness said the truck was speeding and did not stop to help after hitting the woman. No one has come forward to identify or collect the victim’s body yet, police said, but officials are still searching for the truck driver, who will be made to compensate the woman’s relatives for her death.

Two stabbed after wedding celebration
Two men were stabbed by four alleged “gangsters” while returning home from a wedding party on Tuesday in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Tiep district. The victims said they ran into a neighbour’s house to escape after being stabbed with knives by assailants who they did not recognise. The suspects fled the scene and the victims said they did not know why they were attacked.

Three drunk men hurt after crashing into tree
Three men were seriously injured after driving a motorbike through a gate and crashing it into a tree in Siem Reap province’s Svay Leu district on Monday. Police said all three men were drunk and that no one in the village wanted to go near them after the crash because “they had a bad smell of alcohol”. Police said they sent the three men to hospital for treatment but had confiscated their motorbike and would order them to pay compensation to the owners of the gate when they finally recover from their injuries.


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