Phuket taxi driver returns British tourists' purse

Phuket taxi driver returns British tourists' purse

PHUKET: Two British tourists rejoiced last night after a taxi driver reunited them with their lost purse containing 70,000 baht. “Danny Kevin Chay Mackney and April Claire Cush called on the Tourist Police helpline (1155) yesterday afternoon, after they realized that they had forgotten their purse in the taxi they had taken from the Merlin Hotel to the Phuket Town Bus Terminal,” said Phuket Tourist Police Chief Naruewat Puthawiro. The purse also contained ATM and ID cards, in addition to miscellaneous belongings. Meanwhile the taxi driver, Ratchapak Tansekseri, had already contacted local police when he discovered the pu

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Chinese national and hilltribe man arrested for working illegally in Phuket

Chinese national and hilltribe man arrested for working illegally in Phuket

PHUKET: A Chinese national and a Chiang Rai hilltribe man were arrested at Chalong Temple yesterday for working illegally as photographers in Phuket. The suspects, Li Ming Xing, 25, and Awoi Jathor, 22, claimed they had been hired by an agent in China through a Phuket company named ‘Love Island Wedding Studio Co Ltd’. The arrest followed complaints that foreigners, particularly Chinese from the mainland, were continuing to conduct ‘pre-wedding’ tours at major tourist attractions all over Phuket. “Neither suspect was able to produce a work permit, so they were taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with working i

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Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

Emergency tsunami, fire drill held in Phuket

PHUKET: An earthquake and fire drill was organized in Phuket this morning. “At 10am, we simulated an 8.9 richter earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, which is 1,097 kilometers away from Phuket. We then waited for a tsunami warning from the National Disaster Warning Center,” said Phuket Vice Governor Sanith Sriwihok. All relevant officers were instructed to warn locals and be ready to evacuate the area. The evacuation times were 11:48am for Karon, 11:55am for Patong and 12:02pm for Nai Yang. At 10:30am, the center lifted the warning and everything went back to the normal. During the drill, officers also simulated a pick-up t

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Phuket police officer transferred after allegations of threats and bribes

Phuket police officer transferred after allegations of threats and bribes

PHUKET: An ex-Patong Police major is under investigation after Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-Cha ordered his transfer to Phuket Provincial Police. Gen Prayuth told media in Bangkok on Tuesday that he had received a complaint regarding the officer from a local. Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teerapol Thipjaroen told the Phuket Gazette that Maj Thanturong Wuthiwong was the officer in question, whose transfer was confirmed yesterday. “We have asked the concerned parties for evidence, as we want to ensure justice for both sides,” said Gen Teerapol. Maj Thanturong says he is ready to fight his case and inform the publ

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Chinese pilot in ICU after being hit by a car in Phuket

Chinese pilot in ICU after being hit by a car in Phuket

PHUKET: A Chinese national was seriously injured after he was hit by a car while trying to get away from soi dogs in the road in Thalang last night. “The accident occurred at about 7:40pm. We received a report of the crash near Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club Resort and Spa. We found the victim, Xing Chen, 27, lying on the side of the road. He was wounded, but still conscious,” said Col Sanit Nukong of Thalang Police. Mr Chen was given first aid at the scene by rescue workers and then taken to Thalang Hospital. He was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Bangkok Hospital Phuket. “We also found a damaged white

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Thousands pawn valuables to cover back-to-school costs in Phuket

Thousands pawn valuables to cover back-to-school costs in Phuket

PHUKET: The Phuket City Municipality Pawn Shop has kept 80 million baht in stock in anticipation of the start of the school term, during which time thousands of people come in to pledge their belongings in return for cash to meet everyday expenses. The municipality has also reduced the interest on loans to help the public. “We will propose keeping another 50 million baht as spare cash to the board, in case there is more demand for loans. The economy is not doing well, so people need money, especially to cover back-to-school costs for their children,” said Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana. From April 1 to May 31, lo

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