Phuket

Foreigners suspected of vandalizing iconic Phuket locations

PHUKET: Police are hunting two foreigners suspected of tagging numerous scenic and iconic locations in Phuket with graffiti, following a burst of outrage on social media.

“We are aware of the situation and are working on co-ordinating our efforts with other police stations on the island,” said Tah Chat Chai Police Superintendent Somchai Sanprasert. “There are photos of two foreign suspects being disseminated on social media sites. However, we have no proof that they are behind the vandalism.”

The crude spray paint tag has appeared on a large stone at Nai Harn Beach, on Thao Thepkrasattri Bridge, Promthep Cape and a number of other locations on the island.

“At this stage, we believe that two foreigners vandalized a number of places in Krabi before driving to Phuket separately. If anyone has any information that could lead to an arrest, please report it to the nearest police station. We are very keen to make an arrest soon,” said Col Somchai.

A Rawai Municipality garbage truck has also been recently tagged with spray paint. However, it was done with different letters and, at this point, not clearly connected to the two foreign suspects.

— Sukawin Tanthavanich

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