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PHUKET: The arrest of one man found with drugs and a handgun on his person at a roadside police checkpoint on Sunday night has led to the arrest of seven more suspects.

Col Komol Wattarakorn, Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, presented the eight suspects, along with two others, at a press conference at Phuket City Police Station yesterday.

“We first arrested 28-year-old Thuwanon Khamplook from Phuket with 33 ya bah pills, 1.05 grams of ya Ice (crystal methamphetamine), a handgun, two 9mm bullets and four bullets for a .38 handgun,” said Col Komol.

“He was caught at a checkpoint on Khoommuang Chaofah Road in Wichit at about 10pm on Sunday night.

“He has been charged for possession of drugs with intent to sell and for carrying an illegal handgun and bullets,” Col Komol said.

Further investigation led to the arrests of Phuket couple 23-year-old Pitchaya “Boom” Sutthakiattisook and her boyfriend Nitikorn “Ne” Maneesee, 30.

Both were arrested at a car park in front of SB Living Place on Pattana Road in Phuket Town at 4pm on Monday.

“We arrested them with 2.6g of ya Ice and 70 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills. Both were charged with possession of ya bah and ya Ice with intent to sell,” said Col Komol.

Statements given by the three suspects led to the arrests of Apinan “Aan” Saetiaw, found with three grams of ya Ice in his shorts pocket; Worrawit “Joke” Chonsiri found in possession of 4.93g of ya Ice; Niwat “Tong” Wongkhamjan and Pongsura “Yai” Rattanadilok, found together with 100.3g of ya Ice; and Renoo Paho, found in possession of 35 ya bah pills.

“These five have been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell. Their cases have been handed over to Thung Thong Police as they were arrested in Kathu,” Col Komol said.

Also presented to the press was 24-year-old Thawatchai Boonruam from Phuket.

“He was arrested with 0.024g of ya Ice at a checkpoint on Wichit Songkram Road in Wichit on June 27 [Monday] and has been charged with possession of an illegal drug,” said the colonel.

Police also presented Trairong “A” Wongjina, 29, also from Phuket.

Charged with snatch theft, Mr A was arrested after 47-year-old Prattana Puanglab on Sunday reported to police her bag had been snatched by a man riding a black Honda Wave.

Acting on her description of the motorbike and license plate, police arrested Mr A at his home in Wichit the next day.

“We have found several credit cards and membership cards belonging to Ms Prattana,” said Col Komol.

“He [Mr A] said he committed 14 snatch-and-runs before his arrest. He has promised me he will not do it again,” he added.

“We do not know yet the exact value of the items stolen by Mr Trairong, but we know there are at least 10 victims who have yet to claim stolen property,” Col Komol told the Phuket Gazette.

The original post of this news story mistakenly reported the officer quoted as Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chitchai. The error is regretted.

— Chutharat Plerin

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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