via BBC and other news outlets, 19 October 2018: Two of the tourists directly responsible for vandalising the Chiang Mai Gate, a Brit and Canadian have been arrested. Their passports have been confiscated and they are waiting for their day in court.
A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison.
Local police said Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, has admitted defacing Tha Phae Gate in the city of Chiang Mai.
Video appears to show a man spraying “Scouser Lee” on the gate, part of which dates back to the 13th Century.
Supt Teerasak Sriprasert said Mr Furlong would be charged with “vandalising an archaeological site”.
A Canadian woman, Brittney Schneider, has also been arrested and charged with vandalism for allegedly adding her first initial to graffiti on the gate.
“They will face no more than 10 years’ jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555),” Supt Sriprasert said.