Man arrested over attack on teacher

A Yorkshire teacher is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after being attacked at random with a hammer. New father Adam Pickles, from Bradford, is in a coma following emergency brain surgery after the savage assault by a stranger. Picture shows Adam Pickles with his son Benjamin

A Yorkshire teacher is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after being attacked at random with a hammer. New father Adam Pickles, from Bradford, is in a coma following emergency brain surgery after the savage assault by a stranger. Picture shows Adam Pickles with his son Benjamin

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A BRITISH man has been arrested over the attack on former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles in Thailand.

Sean Henry Tinsley, 43, from Wolverhampton, was questioned by police in Pattaya over the weekend on suspicion of attempted murder and has been remanded in custody.

It is understood that Tinsley had left the country after the attack two months ago and was arrested at the border as he tried to re-enter Bangkok following a tip-off from UK authorities.

He is expected to stand trial and Mr Pickles’ parents, Andrew and Adele, who are having to re-mortgage their home and using their savings to pay for his Thai hospital bills, have now instructed a legal team to deal with the case.

Mr Pickles, who taught English at Cathedral Academy between 2001 and 2005, remains in a coma at Leeds General Infirmary after he was airlifted back to the UK just over a fortnight ago.

He had moved to Thailand seven years ago and was attacked as he made his way home from an evening out on May 17.

Mrs Pickles said: “It is a relief to us to know there has been an arrest - we hope and pray that this man is now kept off the streets until the official trial takes place.

“We do not want any other family to go through the hell we are experiencing. Adam is still in a coma and still needing to fight off infections.

“However he is moving much more than he was and seems to be understanding when we ask him to make certain movements. This is positive and gives us hope that he will surface from the coma soon.”

A concert called PickleAid was held on Saturday in Leeds to raise money for his repatriation costs.

And Cathedral Academy French teacher Dani Nicholls, who worked with Mr Pickles, has organised a charity race night for 8.15pm tonight at Thornes Cricket Club on Field Lane.

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