Bangkok: Three British tourists were punched and kicked unconscious in a savage mob attack on a packed street in Thailand.
The tourists, two men and a woman, needed hospital treatment after a gang assault in Hua Hin during the country’s Songkran New Year celebrations.
CCTV footage released by Thai police shows the victims, believed to be related, being punched and kicked after an argument with their attackers.
The elderly woman was punched unconcsious. As she struggled to get up, a man lands a fierce kick to her head, knocking her back to the ground.
Both men suffered blows to the head and body.
Pictures show the holidaymakers splayed out on the street after they were beaten unconscious.
Six people are believed to have been arrested over the incident which took place on Wednesday, April 13.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: “Our staff have been in contact with the family to offer assistance and will remain in contact with the local authorities.”
The FCO said they had no information on the condition of the British trio following the attack.
In the video a Good Samaritan appears to come under attack from several men after they tried to intervene in the melee.
A contributor to the Hua Hin internet forum said they had rushed to help the family who they recognised from a nearby bar.
They wrote: “Within 20-30 metres of leaving the bar the Thais were punching the 65-year-old lady in the face!! The elderly gentleman was down on the floor and their son was beaten very badly!!!
“At this point I caught up to the scene and pushed one of the youths away from the woman…
“I got severely punched and kicked for my troubles, but felt the need to protect this frail lady.
“The three of them are still hospitalised and I will need cosmetic dental work done.”
According to the account, “gangs of Thai youths were priming themselves to start punching Westerners” in the area before the attack.