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Four arrested for reporter’s murder

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PATONG: Police yesterday arrested four more people they believe were involved in the execution-style murder of newspaper and TV reporter Surapong “Od Patong” Rittee in Patong six months ago. One of those arrested is a police officer who was formerly stationed at Kathu Police Station. K. Surapong, 43, was gunned down by two .38 rounds fired close to his left ear as he was walking out of the Aree Karnka mini-mart on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd in the early hours of February 11. A reporter for Thai Rath and Siang Tai daily newspapers and for TV Channel 3, K. Surapong also had many business interests around Patong, including a cigarette dealership and a prawn farm, as well as rental housing and connections with the entertainment industry. Police from Region 8 made the first arrest in the investigation on May 24 when they caught Amornpol “Paew” Promkerd, 40, as he walked alone in Bangkok’s Don Muang District. The Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, Pol Maj Gen Kongpol Suwannaraks, said that Amornpol is still being held in custody in Bangkok, having been refused bail. He denies being involved with the murder. Gen Kongpol added that he believed that K. Surapong was murdered because of a series of reports he wrote about an entertainment venue in Patong that resulted in its closure. Those arrested yesterday are Pol Cpl Chalermsak Auksornpien, 33, who was recently transferred from Kathu to Region 8 headquarters in Surat Thani; Somporn Tansakul, 42, and Amnard Tansakul, 33, both bar managers; and Saree Hawaedasae, 47. It appears that police had been watching the four men for some time, and coordinated their actions carefully so that all four were arrested at the same time in different places. Chalermsak was caught in Moo Baan Anuphas Manorom, Phuket Town, Somporn in the Mai Khao area, Amnard at Phuket Highland Ville near Phuket Town, and Saree at a bar on Soi Sea Dragon, Patong. All four have been charged with conspiracy to murder and abetting the murderer. They all denied the charges and are currently in custody undergoing further questioning.



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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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