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Anchalee denies involvement in governor’s transfer

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Anchalee denies involvement in governor’s transfer | The Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: One of Phuket’s leading Democrat Party figures has denied any involvement in the transfer of former governor Preecha Ruangjan and revealed that Dr Preecha requested the transfer.

Anchalee Vanich Thepabutr, Deputy Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangkok and wife of Phuket MP Tossaporn Thepabutr, said media reports that she had something to do with the transfer of Dr Preecha were false.

Mrs Anchalee told the Gazette she had no influence over the decisions of coalition partners in the government led by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The decision to transfer Dr Preecha from Phuket to Phitsanuloke and replace him with former Sing Buri governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop was based on a cabinet resolution proposed by Interior Minister Chavarat Chanweerakul, leader of newly formed Bhumjaithai Party, she said.

The Bhumjaithai Party, made up of loyalists to banned Buriram-based politician Newin Chidchob, was handed the highly prized Interior and Transport Ministry portfolios as a way of luring them into the coalition, it has been widely reported.

Mrs Anchalee said that a reliable source in the Governor’s Office told her that Dr Preecha had submitted a formal request to the Interior Minister seeking a transfer to another province, specifying Nakhon Sawan as his preference.

He gave as his reason the fact that he has more experience in agriculture than tourism,” she quoted the source as saying.

Contacted by phone today, new Phitsanuloke Governor Preecha Ruangjan did not deny he made the transfer request.

Commenting that the issues behind the transfer orders were complex, he said only that he was happy to now be serving as governor of Phitsanuloke, which borders on his native Phichit province.

For analysis on this topic, read the editorial in the upcoming hardcopy version of the Phuket Gazette.

— Gazette Reporter Kamol Pirat

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong | The Thaiger

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO | The Thaiger

Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket | The Thaiger

Three people have died and another sustained serious injuries following the collision of two motorbikes in Rawai early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The accident happened on Viset Road in front of a public health centre at 1.30am.

The Honda Wave motorbike driver was 37 years old Siripong Mulikkabut. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, 35 year old Warunee Hosakun, died at the scene.

The driver of a white Ducati model big bike was 48 year old French man Philippe Menduni. He died at the scene.

His passenger 44 years old Pannee Pongkan sustained serious injuries was taken to Vachira Hospital. Witnesses at the scene say she was five months pregnant.

Police say the Honda motorbike driver was heading towards Chalong Circle. When he arrived at the scene, the Ducati Bigbike came from behind and collided into the back of the Honda motorbike.

Police are continuing their investigation. Police also report that none of the riders were wearing helmets.

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