BANGKOK (AFP) – A British man wanted by UK police for a string of paedophile offences has been arrested at a school in northeast Thailand, immigration officials said.
“He has been charged by British police authorities for indecent actions – 12 accounts – to children under 14 years old,” Pariwat Satchaphan, an immigration inspector in Nongkhai province, told AFP by telephone late Wednesday.
Pariwat said the 61-year-old man was arrested at a school on Tuesday, though he did not say whether he was employed as a teacher there.
“British police officials sent us a request to arrest him,” he said.
The man will be transported to Bangkok to appear at a criminal court which will decide whether or not to extradite him back to Britain, Pariwat said.
A spokesman for the British embassy in Bangkok confirmed that a 61-year-old national had been arrested and that consular officials were providing assistance.
Nongkhai province is in Thailand’s northeast on the border with Laos.
It boasts the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, a popular crossing point between the two countries for locals and foreigners.