Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

This undated photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority Police on Oct. 27, 2019, shows British national Amelia Bambridge. (AP)
Updated 30 October 2019

Cambodian police search for British woman, 21, missing from beach

  • Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted

KOH RONG, Cambodia: Police are questioning six Cambodian men employed in tourist establishments about the disappearance of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, an official involved in the search for the 21-year-old woman said Tuesday.
Koh Rong Gov. Noun Bunthol said the six men were in police custody for questioning about Bambridge, who hasn’t been seen since last Wednesday night when she left a beach party on Koh Rong island in southwestern Cambodia. Her bag with money and a cellphone was found on a nearby beach, and her passport was found in the room where she had been staying.
Noun Bunthol said no charges had been filed against the six, who worked at restaurants, hotels and guesthouses on the island. He said police received a note from some Western visitors saying the men had in the past acted badly toward foreign tourists, especially females.
A top Cambodian police official vowed that the search for Bambridge would not be ended until her fate was established.
“We have decided the search mission will not be ended until we find her alive, or her body if she has died,” the police chief for Preah Sihanouk province, Maj. Gen. Chuon Narin, said in a phone interview.
He said the search has been expanded to cover not only Koh Rong island, where Bambridge was last seen, and surrounding waters, but also nearby islands and farther offshore in the Gulf of Thailand.
Local fishermen and neighboring provinces in southwestern Cambodia have been alerted to pass along any information, Chuon Narin said.
There has been speculation that Bambridge may have drowned. Koh Rong commune chief Chhoeun Chantha told The Associated Press on Monday that he believed that might be the case because the authorities found her belongings on a rock close the water’s edge near the party site.
Britain’s Press Association reported Monday that her father, Phil Bambridge, told British broadcaster Sky News that he feared his daughter had been abducted.
He said he believed she had been “taken,” telling Sky News: “I don’t think she’s had an accident. If she’d had an accident she would have been found by now.”
Members of Bambridge’s family who came to Koh Rong to aid the search traveled to the mainland Tuesday to meet with Preah Sihanouk Gov. Kouch Chamroeun, but details of their discussion were not immediately available. Her family learned of her disappearance when she failed to check out from her hostel.
Koh Rong, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) offshore in the Gulf of Thailand, covers an area of about 78 square kilometers (30 square miles).


Saudi official welcomes Lionel Messi ahead of Brazil-Argentina friendly in Riyadh

Updated 15 November 2019

Saudi official welcomes Lionel Messi ahead of Brazil-Argentina friendly in Riyadh

  • They met on the sidelines of the international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina

Saudi Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh met with football legend Lionel Messi on the sidelines of the international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina which will be held on Friday at King Saud University Stadium.

“I am happy to be back here,” Al-Sheikh said, welcoming the Barca forward in Riyadh.

“A lot of things have changed in Saudi Arabia in the last five years since your last visit. Prince Mohammed bin Salman changed a lot and the whole world is coming to us. He is building a new Saudi,” Al-Sheikh added.

This is Messi’s second visit to Riyadh in five years. The striker will return again on Jan. 8, where his team Barcelona will participate in the Spanish Super Cup finals in Jeddah against Valencia in the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Saudi official touched on Messi’s football career. The 32-year-old’s Barcelona club contract ends in 2021.

“I hope when your contract ends, we will see you play at (UD) Almeria,” Al-Sheikh said referring to the Spanish he owns.

Al-Sheikh also talked about the Saudi national football team, saying that he hoped the team will return to its former glory days when the Kingdom won AFC Asian Cup titles in the 80s and 90s.