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PHUKET TOWN: Wichit Municipality is seeking donations to help build a new house for a family of squatters who are holding up completion of a new road running behind Darasamuth School.

Wichit Mayor Kreetar Saetan told the Gazette the municipality currently lacks the funds to build a new home for Chamnan Rungklin and his family, even though they already have a nearby plot of land earmarked for the project.

When he settled in the area over 20 years ago, Mr Chamnan signed a contract with Muang District Office agreeing to vacate the land without complaint if it were ever needed for the public good.

But now that the time has come, he and his family have no place to go and their continued presence near the school’s back parking lot is holding up completion of a 550-meter road that would allow direct access to the school from the bypass road.

Mayor Kreetar said Wichit Municipality is now accepting donations to help to build a new home for the family.

“We have requested a budget, but the approval process will take time and we would like to begin work right away. We would appreciate donations of concrete blocks and other building materials so we can get started,” he said.

The new house would be built on another plot of Wichit Municipality land just 20 meters away from the existing home. This would allow the family to remain in the same neighborhood, which is located off Ekwahnit Rd behind Surakul Stadium.

“The municipality found a site in the same area that is currently being used as a tool shed and storage area. The owner just stores his things there and doesn’t live in the area, so we negotiated with him to move his things out,” Mayor Kreetar said.

Kumron Lilern, a civil engineer with the Wichit Municipality construction division, said the town plans to build two small houses for the family on the 100-square-meter plot at a cost of about 200,000 baht. Each will comprise one main room and a bathroom, large enough for all five family members, he said.

Mr Chamnan, speaking from Bangkok where he is currently on vacation, told the Gazette he hadn’t spoken to municipal officials since December.

“If they can build a new house for me in a way that doesn’t create problems with other people, then I will have no problems with it,” he said.

“But they should consider that I have a van too and I will need a place to park it,” he said.

Anyone wishing to donate money to help fund construction can contact Wichit Municipality at 076-525100.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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