Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

River Kwai Backpackers Are Executed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

River Kwai Backpackers Are Executed

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Byline: FRANK THORNE;VALENTINE LOW;PAUL SIMS

British couple chased then shot dead after row in Thailand bar TWO British backpackers were shot dead in cold blood today near the bridge over the River Kwai.

A 24-year-old woman and her travelling partner, a man aged 25, were gunned down after returning from drinks in the tourist town of Kanchanaburi, western Thailand, police said.

The pair, who have been named by Thai police as Adam Lloyd, from Northampton, and Vanessa Arscott, from Torquay, were pronounced dead in hospital.

The shooting followed an argument with a Thai man in a local restaurant, police said.

Kanchanaburi police superintendent Colonel Wate Somboun said they were shot after the Thai man followed them in a car as they left the restaurant to return to their hotel.

The man opened fire on Mr Lloyd and then drove after Ms Arscott as she attempted to run away. After running her down, the gunman got out of the car and shot her dead.

Officers said they heard shots at 3.50am and rushed to the scene where they found the two tourists. They do not believe robbery was the motive as the pair had all their belongings

with them. A Devon and Cornwall pol ice liaison off icer broke the news to Ms Arscott's family early today. Pc Andy Osborne said: "To say they are upset would be an understatement. They are incredibly distressed."

Ms Arscott's grandmother Eileen Arscott broke down in tears as she told the Evening Standard: "Vanessa was meant to be coming home this weekend. She and Adam had gone to Thailand on 3 July. I just can't believe it.

"She was practically living with me ... that's how close we are. I just don't know what to say or what to do. Her father Graham is currently in Wales although I think he may be coming back today."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed two Britons had been killed.

She said: "Consular staff have been to the scene and are in touch with the local authorities." The killings came as Thailand embarked on a major promotion of its tourist industry, seeking to double the number of visitors to 20 million by 2008. …

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