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PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Decha Budnampetch once again called for more police officers and civil defense volunteers in a meeting this morning at ST Hotel. Comparing Phuket to Las Vegas, he said that more officers are needed to keep Phuket safe, especially after the recent bombings in Haad Yai.

At the Phuket Provincial Security Committee meeting, chairman Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima expressed concerns for the security of Phuket following the most recent bombings in the Deep South.

“I would like to ask police officers at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint to continue checking for bombs, guns and suspicious people 24 hours a day during this time,” he said.

Gen Decha replied that all of the 1,060 officers in Phuket are working hard, but there are still not enough officers, making it difficult to increase the number of officers at the checkpoint into the island.

“Phuket has many events that require police presence for security, but I would like to ask the civil defense volunteers, and there are more than 1,000 of them in the three districts, to help police provide security,” he said.

“For example, if we have only two officers to work at the [Tah Chat Chai] checkpoint, it would be great if another five volunteers could help the police there because there are more than 10,000 vehicles that go by that checkpoint every day.”

He explained that police are working hard on other areas of enforcement as well.

“A few days ago officers from the Phuket Provincial Health Office asked police officers to help them check the pink cards from women working in bars. This is just one example of how we have to do a lot of work in different areas,” he said.

Gen Decha went on to explain that police workload is increasing because more people are moving into Phuket, while the number of officers has remained constant.

“I heard that in Pattaya they have CCTV cameras installed every 100 meters. While the CCTVs do help, we have one per kilometer here. Phuket is like the Las Vegas of Thailand because it is open all day and night. I would like to ask more volunteers to join the force and help deal directly with the police to get the job done together,” he said.

Gen Decha suggested that civil defense volunteers could provide foot patrols in business areas or near gold shops to let people see them in uniform or “at least be a witness”, should something happen.



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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