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Boy burglars busted

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PATONG: Police on Monday arrested three male teenagers for a spate of Christmas burglaries carried out on Nanai Rd.

The trio were nabbed on Monday after a 13-year-old member of the gang was caught red-handed by the owner of the house he and his accomplice were burgling.

Pol Lt Weerapong Rakito of the Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that Anuchit Kuadet, 32, came home from work to find the two boys robbing his home. He managed to grab one of the boys and called the police.

“We brought the boy [‘Ae’], 13, to the station for questioning. He gave up his accomplices and led police to their stash of stolen goods, which included three mobile phones, three digital cameras, a Sony PlayStation 2 game console, five MP3 players, seven DVD players, and various knives and screwdrivers,” Lt Weerapong said.

Based on the information Ae provided, police later arrested “Bank”, 13, and gang leader “Ake”, 16.

Lt Weerapong said the boys confessed to robbing at least 10 houses in Patong, most of them on Nanai Rd; and that they used the money from sale of the loot for partying.

He asked for victims of recent burglaries in the area to go to Kathu Police Station and reclaim stolen items.

“The thieves will be sent to the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center,” he added.



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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash

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A German man has died after a motorbike crash in Thalang.

The Thalang Police were notified of the incident last night on Srisoonthorn Road in Baan Manik, Thalang.

The German man, 53 year old Carsten Elfried Koch, was the driver of a motorbike and sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash. He died at the scene.

Police believe that Mr Koch was heading back to his home in Cherng Talay at high speed. He lost control at a curve on the wet road.

His body was taken to the Thalang Hospital for an autopsy. Officials have informed the German Embassy in Thailand.

Police didn’t report if the man was wearing a bike helmet or not.

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