Man shot dead at New Year's party
THE family of Stephen Ashton, who was shot dead at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand, said that they are "completely devastated by the loss of Stephen from our lives".
He was an innocent bystander simply enjoying New Year celebrations, they said.
Mr Ashton, 22, from Purley, south London, was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between rival gangs.
He is said to have been killed by a stray bullet as he danced with friends at a beach bar on the paradise island of Koh Phangan.
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Police Colonel Kittakarn Kramomthong, chief of police at the island's station, said officers had arrested a 26-year-old Thai man and confiscated a gun.
The man is expected to be charged with manslaughter, he said.
It was reported that Mr Ashton's family had travelled to Thailand and were on the way to Koh Phangan. British ambassador to Thailand, Mark Kent, was expected to visit the scene today.
Thai police said Mr Ashton was with a group of friends and 300 other tourists celebrating the countdown to 2013 at a pub and restaurant called the Zoom Bar when he was shot by a home-made gun at Haad Rin beach.