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Portsmouth couple stuck in Bangkok worried for safety

Injured protester is taken away
The injured were rushed to hospital by Thai security forces

A Portsmouth couple stranded in Bangkok after their flight was cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud say they are worried for their safety.

The Foreign Office has advised against all be essential travel after a series of explosions killed at least three people in the Thai capital on Thursday.

They followed rising tensions in a stand-off between police and anti-government demonstrators in the city.

Tim Rutledge and his wife were due to fly home on Sunday.

Clashes have involved the red-shirt demonstrators, who are calling for fresh elections and have been camped out in the city for six weeks.

'Eerie tension'

Reports said two foreigners were believed to be among the injured in the blasts.

Tim Rutledge
Tim Rutledge says he does not know when they can go home

An army spokesman said five grenades had been fired with three falling through the roof of a station on the city's elevated tram system, the Skytrain.

Mr Rutledge said: "It is not a good situation here.

"Last night while we were having meal when [news of the explosions] flashed up on television screens.

"All the staff started watching it and you could see something was starting to kick off.

"We came out and all the Skytrains were closed and a few rockets had landed on the station roof.

"I am a football fan and the tension was four times as worse as a match with away fans, it was quite eerie, I was scared.

"We haven't got a clue when were going home, we've been stuck in a hotel since Sunday."

The couple say they are still waiting for their airline to confirm when they can fly home to the UK.



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