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Violent Muggings In Bali Continue To Seriously Injure Tourists

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A friend of an Australian woman said to have been seriously injured in a violent Bali bag snatch has broken her silence, admitting the original story was untrue.

Indonesian police last week dismissed claims that Bryon Bay hairdresser Emma Bell was the victim of a bag snatch which left her with head injuries and a fractured skull, requiring a medivac flight to Australia.

And now Emi Thompson, the friend who set up a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise money for Emma, has revealed the original version of events “was not entirely true”.

There was no mugging and in fact Emma fell off a motorbike without a helmet.

The other reported stories in this article have been confirmed by police. 

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The paradise island of Bali is suffering from a trend in crime that is injuring tourists and putting their lives at risk. 

Thousands of tourists rent scooters daily to get around the island which are making easy targets for criminals. What starts out as a basic theft often turns tragic when the thief grabs an unsuspecting tourists purse or cell phone as they drive by on a motorcycle. 

This often leads to the tourists crashing or being pulled off the scooter resulting in serious injuries and death.

Crimes against tourists in Bali is putting lives at risk (Photo: Daily Mail)

Criminals aren't just targeting scooters. Tourists are also falling victim to purse snatches and phone grabs just walking down the street. What once was a peaceful and tranquil island has become a hotbed of recent criminal activity. 

An Australian woman is in intensive care after a violent bag snatch in Bali on Friday. Emma Bell was walking alone in the tourist hotspot Canggu when a motorcyclist drove up beside her and grabbed her bag. The 25-year-old from Byron Bay hit the ground head first and was dragged for several metres before blacking out.
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Emma Bell suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on her brain after she was robbed and dragged along the ground in Bali (Photo: GoFundMe)

Earlier this week in another incident, 18-year-old high school graduate Lawson Rankin from Newcastle was left fighting for his life after he was thrown from his scooter while out riding with friends during a Schoolies trip. 

According to his cousin Taren Brown, who has started a GoFundMe page, Mr Rankin was trailing two friends on a scooter when a local motorcycle rider snatched a phone belonging to a friend and sped off. 

Mr Rankin, who studied at St Francis Xavier’s College on the NSW mid-north coast, took off around his friends’ bike in pursuit of the thief and the phone.

But that’s when tragedy struck and he was found moments later in a sewerage pipe, unconscious and with his head covered in cuts. He hasn’t woken from a coma since.

Tragically, it’s a brutal attack happening more and more on the island.

Lawson Rankin is currently in hospital in Bali while his family raise the tens of thousands of dollars needed to bring him home

In another recent incident, Australian tourist Andrew Bateman said he and his 17-year-old daughter were forced to end their holiday early after they were thrown off their scooter by two locals wanting to get their hands on his new iPhone.

“Our valuables were out of sight and secure, but they came up next to me and tried to rip my phone out of Hannah’s hand. They grabbed her arm and pulled us off the bike at speed … we hit the pavement hard and they rode away. They could’ve killed us.”

Andrew Bateman said he and his daughter Hannah will never go back to Bali after the horror accident (Photo:

Mr Bateman and his “terrified” daughter were left severely injured in the street as the thieves raced away with his device

Receiving a broken shoulder, cracked collarbone and five snapped ribs, Mr Bateman said his daughter was lucky to walk away with just a fractured wrist and a few cuts to her arms and legs.

Tourists injured in bali

Earlier this year in another similar attack. a Singaporean couple on holiday in Bali were kicked off their scooter after thieves snatched a Samsung S10 device.

Mr Aathar suffered minor injuries, while Ms Ho had a concussion and a fractured shoulder, among other injuries.

Singapore couple Eugene Aathar and his wife Dolly Ho were injured when a motorbike rider kicked their scooter and stole their phone.
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Andrew Bateman says he will never return to Bali after the incident.

Andrew Bateman told that he wants to warn others about the dangers of traveling to Bali. 

“The Balinese people are lovely – you just need to be mindful of the others living there who have no regard for your life. It’s getting out of hand and police are NOT doing anything. It’s so highly organised. Unfortunately these things happen and unfortunately it happened to us. But we will never go back and I’d never recommend going."

It's obvious the police may need to do something soon as locals have been taking the law into their own hands. In a recent video that went viral on Facebook, a purse snatcher is seen being beaten after being caught in the act.  

I flew to Bali to witness first hand how the police are stepping up to help combat the rising crime against tourists. 

The answer is unfortunate as the simple answer is…they aren't. 

There is no police presence.

There is no military presence.

Drugs are sold openly on the streets and it appers nothing is being done to curb crime.  

Hopefully something is done soon before more tourists are injured or killed and tourism on the paradise island permanently begins to suffer.


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Sunday 15th of December 2019

Emma Bell's story has been proven as a lie, which she made up. You may want to revise your post with accurate information.