Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza

Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza

PHUKET: Following an order by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, a 'task force' of 100 police and soldiers raided 16 massage venues in and near Poonpol Night Plaza last night. The raids were led by Capt Bhavorn Promkeawngam. The purpose of the operation was to suppress illicit behavior, including possession of drugs, working without a permit and human trafficking. Police say the massive effort uncovered five illegal migrant workers, all female, from three venues, as follows: – at the Violin Massage parlor: 1 Lao, 2 Hill Tribe girls from the north of Thailand (non-Thai)– at the Angel Massage parlor: 1 Cambodian– at th

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Phuket International airport under fire for filthy, stinking toilets

Phuket International airport under fire for filthy, stinking toilets

PHUKET: Well known Thai actor Krirkphol Masayavanich has taken to Facebook to tell airport management that he's not happy their toilets. Translated from Thai, the complaint reads: “The toilets [at the airport] are in serious need of attention. So dirty and stink terribly. I can't even take a [xxit]!” Many comments under the post agree with him. Recently appointed Airport Director Petch Chanjaroen told the Phuket Gazette this morning that he had not seen the Facebook post yet. However, he emphasized that the airport's domestic terminal is very old and apologized for its current condition, saying that he would neverthele

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Rape escape: Phone call aborts rape of Phuket woman two months pregnant

Rape escape: Phone call aborts rape of Phuket woman two months pregnant

PHUKET: A chance incoming phone call saved a two-month pregnant woman from being raped yesterday afternoon in her rental room in Phuket. The loud ring panicked the rapist who then fled. “After receiving a report from the victim's boyfriend, we arrived at the scene at about 4pm. It was a rental room in Soi Pracha in Wichit district. The girl, age 20, and who asked not to be named, was inside the room in severe panic. She was later taken to Vachira Phuket hospital for a checkup,” said Capt Jarus Lempan of Wichit police. “The victim told us that the incident happened at about 2pm as she was walking back home from lunch. A

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Motorbike in Phuket worker's kitchen explodes, reaps big damage in Thalang

Motorbike in Phuket worker's kitchen explodes, reaps big damage in Thalang

PHUKET: A motorbike explosion caused a worker's quarters in Phuket to catch fire last night, resulting in more than 100,000 baht in damages. Police have yet to learn why the bike exploded. Thalang police station received a report of the incident at about 10:30pm from the quarters in Baan Manik and dispatched fire fighters from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office in Cherngtalay. “Their team spent about 20 minutes to douse the flames. No one was injured and police are still investigating why the bike exploded,” said Police Capt Kaisorn Boonprasop. The damages include the Honda CBR 150 motorbike, worth abo

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Double trouble for thief arrested in Phuket Town

Double trouble for thief arrested in Phuket Town

PHUKET: A Phuket man who stole a motorbike and Buddhist artifacts, in two separate crimes, in order to buy drugs was arrested yesterday by Phuket City police. Following a June 14 complaint by a Ms Sopee Koodkrai, 51, that her motorbike had been stolen in front of her house in Phuket Town, the police located CCTV footage showing a male suspect who looked to be about 30 years old. The next day, police received a report from a Mr Chusak Jomboon that someone had that day stolen two Luang Phor Chaem statues from his house. CCTV footage showed the suspect in that crime to be the same as the one who had stolen the motorbike. Mr C

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Forestry and Wildlife officers on Koh Lanta seize 100 rai of violated land

Forestry and Wildlife officers on Koh Lanta seize 100 rai of violated land

KRABI: Department of Forestry and allied officials yesterday seized about 100 rai of Koh Lanta land that had been encroached upon by parties they characterized as 'too powerful, unfazed by law and willing to threaten authorities with death'. More than 30 officials from several departments participated in the take-back, led by Wildlife Conservation Department head Sawat Suksiri. “Locals reported to us that trees were burned and chopped down. They were replaced by oil palms. They have been doing this progressively for at least 2-3 years, based on the age of the palms they planted,” said Mr Sawat. “Initially, we learned

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