Newport expat Jason Richards, 40, killed in Thai crash

Jason Richards
Image caption Jason Richards had lived in Thailand for the last three years

A Welsh expat has died in a motorcycle crash on the Thai holiday island of Phuket.

Reports in Thai newspapers said Jason Richards, 40, died as he made his way home at Kamala in the early hours of Wednesday.

Mr Richards, 40, is understood to have moved to Thailand from Rogerstone near Newport three years ago.

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to his family.

The former Bassaleg School pupil had only recently moved to Phuket after spending the last few years living in north-east Thailand.

Ltd Cola Anew Mongol of the Royal Thai Police told the Phuket Gazette newspaper that Mr Richards had been travelling from Patong to his accommodation in Kamala when the incident happened at 12:30 local time.

"Police believe he was travelling at speed, which caused him to lose control of the motorbike and crash into a power pole," the officer told the newspaper.

Reports in local Thai media also stated that Mr Richards was not wearing a helmet.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We have been informed of the death of a British national in Phuket in Thailand on 23 November 2011, we are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Police officials said they understood that a member of Mr Richards' family was flying out to Thailand.

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