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First tourist town blast suspect arrested in Thailand

Thai authorities have arrested the first suspect linked to a string of bomb and arson attacks that rocked southern tourist towns last month, a police officer said on Saturday. The coordinated blasts erupted across seven provinces on August 11-121, killing four and injuring dozens, including foreign tourists. One suspected arsonist was arrested yesterday in his hometown in Pattani

Assistant national police chief Suchart Theerasawat

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing spree but analysts say it bore the hallmarks of ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents behind a 12-year rebellion concentrated further south.

The battle for greater autonomy from the Buddhist-majority state has killed than 6,500 people mainly civilians since 2004, but the violence rarely spills outside the southern border region.

One suspected arsonist was arrested yesterday in his hometown in Pattani, assistant national police chief Suchart Theerasawat told AFP on Saturday, referring to a province that lies in the heart of the insurgency. The man, identified by police as 36-year-old Abdul Kadae Salae, is accused of setting fire to a supermarket in Trang province. The flames severely damaged the building and struck during the same early morning window as bombings in other towns, including the beach resort of Hua Hin and the island of Phuket.

He is being questioned at a military camp, the officer added.

With bombings, Thai militants appear to be sending a message to the junta2

Like some of the four other suspects still at large, Salae has a record of involvement in the southern insurgency, according police. But officers insist it is too early to call the tourist town bombings an extension of the southern rebellion, suggesting the men could have been hired by other opponents of Thailand s military government.

Junta rules out link between latest bombings in southern Thailand and earlier deadly attacks3

Analysts say the junta, which came to power in a 2014 coup, would be loathe to admit to a major expansion of the insurgency as it would undercut their claims to have stemmed violence in the restive border region. Drive-by shootings and roadside bombs happen almost daily in the culturally and linguistically distinct zone bordering Malaysia.

Car bomb kills policeman, wounds two in rebel-hit Thai south4

On Saturday one person was killed when an explosive planted on a railway track derailed a train car in Pattani.

One train staff was killed and one person was injured, said Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a southern army spokesman.

The rebels never claim their attacks but factions are known to be frustrated with their lack of progress after more than a decade of fighting.

References

  1. ^ coordinated blasts erupted across seven provinces on August 11-12 (www.scmp.com)
  2. ^ With bombings, Thai militants appear to be sending a message to the junta (www.scmp.com)
  3. ^ Junta rules out link between latest bombings in southern Thailand and earlier deadly attacks (www.scmp.com)
  4. ^ Car bomb kills policeman, wounds two in rebel-hit Thai south (www.scmp.com)

Mills & Reeve advises on £30m hotel deal at Manchester’s Trafford City

Posted by Rachael Briggs on 2nd September 2016

Mills & Reeve Advises On £30m Hotel Deal At Manchester's Trafford City

The Manchester office of leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised on a 30m hotel development close to EventCity.

The hotel will be located at the corner of Barton Dock Road and Mercury Way and will be well connected to EventCity. The development is a joint venture between Marick Capital, Topland Group and Mill Lane Estates. The contractor is Bowmer & Kirkland and the land was acquired from Peel Land and Property. Mills & Reeve s hotels team, led by real estate partner Caroline Hanratty, advised the joint venture vehicle on all aspects of the deal including site acquisition, the hotel management agreement with Tower Hotel Management and the hotel franchise agreement with IHG for the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express. The project to build the 220 bed hotel started on site in July 2016 and is due to complete in Spring 2017.

The hotel is the fourth hotel development which Mills & Reeve has worked on with the team at Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates in recent years. In 2014/5, the team advised on a Hampton by Hilton hotel development in London s Royal Docks. In 2013, they advised on a new Hilton hotel in Leeds and the acquisition and development of a 6m Premier Inn.

Caroline Hanratty, who has worked closely with Mill Lane Estates director Brandon Riley for many years, said: We are delighted to advise on this exciting new hotel development in Manchester.

The hotel is in an excellent position to capitalise on the growing number of visitors to EventCity which is the UK s second biggest venue outside London.

The hotel will be operated by Peel s Tower Hotel Management.

The Big UK Newsroom | Mills & Reeve advises on £30m hotel deal …

Posted by Rachael Briggs on 2nd September 2016

The Big UK Newsroom | Mills & Reeve Advises On £30m Hotel Deal ...

The Manchester office of leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised on a 30m hotel development close to EventCity.

The hotel will be located at the corner of Barton Dock Road and Mercury Way and will be well connected to EventCity. The development is a joint venture between Marick Capital, Topland Group and Mill Lane Estates. The contractor is Bowmer & Kirkland and the land was acquired from Peel Land and Property. Mills & Reeve s hotels team, led by real estate partner Caroline Hanratty, advised the joint venture vehicle on all aspects of the deal including site acquisition, the hotel management agreement with Tower Hotel Management and the hotel franchise agreement with IHG for the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express. The project to build the 220 bed hotel started on site in July 2016 and is due to complete in Spring 2017.

The hotel is the fourth hotel development which Mills & Reeve has worked on with the team at Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates in recent years. In 2014/5, the team advised on a Hampton by Hilton hotel development in London s Royal Docks. In 2013, they advised on a new Hilton hotel in Leeds and the acquisition and development of a 6m Premier Inn.

Caroline Hanratty, who has worked closely with Mill Lane Estates director Brandon Riley for many years, said: We are delighted to advise on this exciting new hotel development in Manchester.

The hotel is in an excellent position to capitalise on the growing number of visitors to EventCity which is the UK s second biggest venue outside London.

The hotel will be operated by Peel s Tower Hotel Management.

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