(Picture:Old days. Niels Colov in his Copenhagen

The leader of Pattaya city’s Police Foreign Volunteers has broken his silence about his past to give an exclusive interview to the advertising rag ‘Pattaya Trader’.

Asked whether he is a saint or devil in disguise he replied:

“All the negatives come down to one man and they are not true. I have a clean record. We have 60,000 friends on Facebook.  I am a positive person. I focus on the positive not the negative.” 

No prizes for guessing who this man might be.

Unfortunately the interviewer, Steve Mascari, whose story was spread in big print across two pages, did not appear to ask the former Copenhagen gangster if he had been to jail, or if he had been convicted of pimping, coercion, vandalism etc…because although it is true that he has a clean record, that is because (1) Under Danish rehabilitation law his criminal record has now been purged * and (2) He has indeed been a saint in Pattaya or police have never acted on complaints about him.

Then again the Pattaya Trader does have a full page advertisment for the Pattaya People Media Group on the next page!

Early days with friends – and they certainly are not the ‘old bill’.

Colov extols the virtues of Pattaya in the interview: ‘It’s the best city on earth’ he says adding later ‘I would like to see Pattaya as the ‘Cannes’ of Asia.

Underworld days

Recently Niels Colov showed Crime Suppression Division a statement from the Royal Danish Embassy that he had a clean record. And it would be fair to say that it is 30 years since he worked in the red light district in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, where his offences had been committed.

Colov’s name frequently comes up in stories about Copenhagen’s red light area. The above is from a story
about Copenhagen god-father Sven Thevis. Its about people being ripped off trying to see live sex shows
in Copenhagen.

What however is questionable is whether his record was purged when he arrived in Thailand in the first place. Technically foreigners are obliged to tell Immigration whether they have been in jail for any serious offences. No foreigner in his right mind is going to do that.

Career criminals Lonne and Leon Owild (left) Colov (right)

What is seriously bugging Mr Colov at the moment is that his criminal record is actually up on the internet and has been there long before we revealed it on this site. 

His lawyer admitted it when he took a libel action against the Jyllands Posten newspaper, which stated that he was under examination for drugs trafficking. His case is used for journalist students studying Danish libel laws.

It was a libel case that he won. Journalist students need to know where not to go wrong.

‘Born Free’  Yes but Lonne has spent most of his life in jail for pimping, drugs trafficking and violence. This is a Danish
newspaper headline when he was arrested in Thailand and deported. He lived in Pattaya.

Indeed the topsy turvy world of libel and the rehabilitation laws of various countries is something of a minefield. Britain for instance has a ‘Paedophile Register’.

This makes life very difficult for convicted child abusers in terms of having to notify the authorities where ever they stay and which can prevent them travelling abroad.

But bank robbers, murderers, pimps etc, one they have served their sentence can do as they wish. Under Danish Law the Thai Police have no right to know about Colov’s previous convictions.

The newspaper was unwise to run a story from ‘police sources’ who of course were not going to back their claims if it came to the crunch. But it took a gamble.

And just because Mr Colov has associated with drugs traffickers does not mean he is one. One long time friend Lonne Fristrup Jensen was a career drugs trafficker, who was arrested in Pattaya and deported to Copenhagen on a charge of arson (commissioning someone to burn down a rivals home).

There was insufficient or indeed perhaps no evidence to link Mr Colov to heroin.

So at the moment we must forget his days in the Copenhagen underworld and conclude that he is nearer a ‘saint’ to a ‘sinner’.

This saintly figure is however also economical with the truth.

Newspaper statistics

He claims that over 100,000 read his Pattaya People every week. Statistics provided by Alexa do not support this claim.

This site for instance at the moment is getting in the region of 240,000 a month (60,000 a week) and is listed as no 307 in Thailand with a bounce rate of 36.10 %.

The Pattaya People is listed as number 3206 in Thailand (Pattaya Mail is 937) with a bounce rate of 60.60%. The lower the bounce rate the more time viewers spend on the site.

Colov also claimed that some 15,000 to 20,000 people would read some 3000 printed copies of the Pattaya People. Granted that lots of these newspaper are left around bars and are picked up, but the newspaper industry in general would be delighted if more than 3 people read each copy of a newspaper. And once picked up I am guessing that the Pattaya People is more often than not put down quite quickly.

“I do media not to make money, but to make a difference,” he said. 

He does not state what difference, but let’s assume it’s for the better.”

These are noble thoughts but then one has to point out that the Pattaya People also serves him to point people to his numerous businesses which like Drew Noyes of the Pattaya Times include legal advice, property, and insurance services.

Niels Colov with fake UNESCO Cross.

Mr Colov has spent a lot of time on damage limitation. He for instance had the Mangus Evans Facebook page, which showed a picture of him with Lonne, with the caption ‘Been to Jail’, removed.

He turned up at a nonsensical libel case as a witness for Drew Noyes to say Andrew Drummond ‘wrote bad things about Thailand.’ The case was dismissed.

Ironically Drew Noyes former publisher of the now defunct Pattaya Times was the person who started putting out locally stories of Colov’s past. They have since declared an uneasy truth and while they can be seen together a lot Colov will not take part in Noyes’ hedonistic games.

They are an unlikely pair – perhaps united in joint suffering – or because if they were to continue fighting all they would do is lose money, while the public revelled in their antics.

Not only has Mr Colov tried to hide his past but he spends collecting medals, certificates and awards in a culture where these are given very liberally.

He was the principal mover in getting local dignitaries including the Mayor and Police chiefs to become ‘Knights of Rizal’.

And he has was a major player in the dishing out of fake UNESCO crosses to Thais and foreigners at a hotel in Bangkok.

The recipients of these were an unlikely bunch and UNESCO denied anything to do with the shambolic affair. There is no such things as a UNESCO cross.

More recently the picture from Mangus Evans page which Colov had removed. It shows him Lonne
in Copenhagen.

Phoney UNESCO Cross

This of course leads one to ask what this former Copenhagen pimp has contributed towards science, education and culture.

Niels Colov says he like competition. I believe he does. It’s then that he seems to drop his Buddhist and vegetarian principals and becomes a much more commercial predator.

But as the interviewer states Niels Colov has also helped a lot of people in Pattaya who will swear loyalty to this colourful character and as he has announced his is resigning later this year that perhaps would a preferred ending where he could go out to pasture with his grand children on his knee. But will he?

Today he certainly cuts a much different figure to the man on the right – once a familiar site around Denmarks’s former red light district close to Copenhagen’s central railway station.

And from Copenhagen underworld figure to chief of the Pattaya Police Foreign Volunteers who cannot but admire his remarkable transition from sinner to saint.

Whether his Pattaya Media group is making a difference – that’s anybody’s guess.

But for sheer bravado and his tireless work in the Pattaya social set he certainly gets our vote.

Rock group posing in old Istedgade

Questions remain

But we do have a few questions. Earlier this year a British national called Andrew Tracy was arrested in Bang Saray for attacking a boy.

Mr.Tracy was already on trial for child sexual abuse. Tracy was arrested as a result of the quick actions of a British national Lee Booty, from Bethnal Green, East London.  Mr. Booty went with Tracy to Bang Saray police and to Sattahip Police and insisted on making a statement.

At the police station a Belgian interpreter turned up to translate/ fix things.  He called Niels Colov from his mobile phone. Why would he call Mr. Colov. I would presume so that arrest could be reported in his Pattaya People newspaper.

But no story appeared the following day. Why?

It beats the usual boring feed of petty crime and bar fights.

And Mr. Tracy has disappeared apparently on police ‘bail’.

Mr. Booty sensing something was going on stayed at the police station to see Mr. Tracy released within a few hours having allegedly paid in excess of 300,000 bail.

He vacated his house in Bang Saray also immediately. Further while the Pattaya Mail, and PattayaOne reported the original arrest – the Pattaya People did not.

The Pattaya People is not averse to reporting crime stories

Mr. Booty called me recently to ask me to remove a reference to the Belgian interpreter, Peter, of the Belgium Bakery, Bang Saray, and Niels Colov.  I did temporarily. The Belgium had a call from Mr. Colov and duly called Mr. Booty.  Mr. Booty was worried Mr. Colov could do damage to his business.

Why should he be worried about a saint?

And why does Niels Colov use the Logo of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in his newspaper? And why has he named the Editor of the English language newspaper as his ‘wife’ Laddawan Yingyong, whose command of English does not run to stringing a fluent sentence together and from whom he has been separated for years?

And why is she still listed as the editor when she actually was dismissed

And what Saint would put this story out in Pattaya on a leaflet

And can we really believe the Pattaya People?
Here’s one of his stories from his Pattaya People. It is a barely disguised attack on Drew Noyes of the Pattaya Times, who was selling condos of the Thai National Housing Authority at greatly inflated prices – and for which Drew Noyes to this day is still fighting with .a buyer who was conned. At the time Noyes and and Colov were enemies.
Sweet talking foreigners
Criminal records from other countries? I share the sentiments in his last paragraph

Then Drew Noyes and Niels Colov became friends and this is what he wrote later in a deposition to a court case brought by Drew Noyes against Andrew Drummond (yours truly – which was dismissed.

I never wrote that Noyes conspired with NHA officials by the way. I wrote that Noyes ‘claimed’ he had paid officials under the table money – He actually kept it for himself and had to pay it back to two buyers.

Colov’s lawyers admissions at the Danish Supreme Court
Now here’s an interesting development. These three companies were all registered on the same day to the same address as the Pattaya People.
This is the same registered address as Dragon Enterprises, Pattaya International l Film Festival, Pattaya Expats Club, and Digital Television Production.
The sole director of all three is a mysterious Anukroek Anukun. This man’s name shows up on 4 firms registered between 2522 and 2543, all to Bangkok addresses, and with three now defunct and the other bankrupt. Lets hope these do better.
บริษัท พีเพิล พับลิชซิ่ง จำกัด
{People Publishing Co., Ltd.}
Est. 07/08/2556
Reg. Cap. 1,000,000.00
Address: 20/15 หมู่ที่ 10ต.หนองปรือ อ.บางละมุง จ.ชลบุรี
Sector: 22210 การพิมพ์ (Printing)
Director(s): นายอนุเกริก อนุกูล {Mr Anukroek Anukun}
Shareholdings: ไทย (4), 1,000,000.00 baht, 100.00%
บริษัท ไดมอนด์ ทาวเวอร์ส จำกัด
{Diamond Towers Co., Ltd.}
Est. 07/08/2556
Reg. Cap. 1,000,000.00
Address: 20/15 หมู่ที่ 10ต.หนองปรือ อ.บางละมุง จ.ชลบุรี
Sector: 70101 การให้เช่า การขาย การซื้อและการดำเนินงานด้านอสังหาริมทรัพย์
{Renting, buying and selling of own real estate}
Director(s): นายอนุเกริก อนุกูล {Mr Anukroek Anukun}
Shareholdings: ไทย (3), 1,000,000.00 baht, 100.00%
บริษัท ไทย พรีคาสท์ จำกัด
{Thai Precast Co., Ltd.}
Est. 07/08/2556
Reg. Cap. 1,000,000.00
Address: 20/15 หมู่ที่ 10ต.หนองปรือ อ.บางละมุง จ.ชลบุรี
Sector: 26951 การผลิตผลิตภัณฑ์คอนกรีตเพื่อใช้ในงานก่อสร้าง
{Manufacture of concrete articles for construction}
Director(s): นายอนุเกริก อนุกูล {Mr Anukroek Anukun}
Shareholdings: ไทย (3), 1,000,000.00 baht, 100.00%
Is something rotten in the state of Denmark?

* Denmark has a very ‘modern’ approach to crime an punishment. Criminal records can only be sought on people within ten years of their crime. Short sentences are the norm in Denmark even for serious offences – Prison is not intended to be a punishment. Prisoners get home leave every three weeks Friday to Sunday night – even those convicted of violence, manslaughter and drugs trafficking.


  1. Can we start a gallery of naked deceased foreigners published by Colov over the years, as these images have really made a difference to the families.

  2. I have the Pattaya Trader in front of me. Page 84 starts with Niels Colov- In His Own Words
    by Steve Masrcari. I understand Steve Mascari is a noted golfer and businessman in his own right. Mr Macari quite properly notes on Page 84 “ Transparency: I had a small amount of advertising with Mr Colov’s enterprises in the early-2000s”. Page 85 follows with a full page advert for the Pattaya Media Group of which it is stated in the article that Mr Colov is the CEO. Page 86 concludes the article. There is however no Transparency statement, similar to Mr Mascari’s, from the Owners or Editor of the Pattaya Trader as to whether they have ever received advertising revenue from the Pattaya Media Group or Mr Colov’s Enterprises prior to this article. I therefore conclude the Pattaya Media Group or Mr Colov’s Enterprises have not previously given the Pattaya Trader any revenue at all, as otherwise it would have been mentioned in this article. However,if there is a Transparency statement by the owners or Editor that I have missed I am happy to be corrected.

    1. It's pretty cheap to advertise a car for sale in the Pattaya Trader, I wonder how much it cost Colov to advertise his BIO? Although I think he chose the right publication as it has far higher circulation figures than his own joking newspaper. I'm glad to see that he only exagerates his circulation by a few 100% unlike Noyes who exaggerated by over 1000%.

  3. "What however is questionable is whether his record was purged when he arrived in Thailand in the first place"

    As far as I understand this type of legislation that allows for expunging of criminal records, it is only applicable within the country concerned because one country cannot legislate to change the laws in another country and obviously they can't change history. Therefore it doesn't make any difference how long ago offences were committed or whether they appear on that countries records or not, if asked by a foreign government to disclose past convictions, you must, Not doing so would be making a false statement.

    Here is an example from New Zealand's version of this legislation: http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/criminal-records/about-the-criminal-records-clean-slate-act-2004

    Which states;

    How does this legislation impact on my ability to travel overseas & completing visa application forms?

    Because New Zealand legislation cannot bind a foreign government, the Act will have no impact on the border and immigration disclosure requirements of overseas jurisdictions.

    Where a foreign State requires disclosure of all criminal convictions, whether entitled to be concealed or not, all convictions will need to continue to be provided. The weight that is given to the conviction in relation to the immigration or visa application is at the discretion of the country in question.

  4. The reason I quoted NZ as an example is that I read recently that NZ had signed agreements with the US, UK (& some others I don't recall) for sharing of criminal record information of their citizens between each countries border control agencies. That means that, regardless of any record expunging, if you are asked on an arrival card whether you have any criminal convictions you will no longer be able to lie.

    It is easy to imagine that the next step will be that the e.g. the US will make it a condition for a country to remain on the visa-free list they will have to share criminal record information.

    I'm not saying that it is imminent but eventually this kind of reciprocal information sharing will reach Thailand and that will mean that the days of criminals being able to easily escape their past and start new lives in places like Pattaya are numbered.

    Maybe then you will be able to retire Andrew. Great work btw. This last week you have added a few more nails into some coffins. Well done!

  5. John is absolutely correct, he has made a false declaration by saying he has no criminal convictions. Only in his own country would he be allowed to state on for example a "job application", that he has no criminal convictions. Just because the conviction is spent doesn't mean it never happened! Just because he can now get a clean certificate doesn't mean he didn't do jail time. He is still a convicted criminal and he is still not welcome in Thailand, let alone being the Chief of the Pattaya Wannabe police.

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