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Guns seized, staff test positive for drugs in Phuket beach mafia thug raid

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PHUKET: Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak and several high-ranking officials visited Nui Beach in Karon yesterday to investigate complaints by locals that mafia thugs were charging people a fee to use the beach.

“We received a complaint filed through the Damrongtham Center that some people had taken control of the area and were claiming it as their own private beach,” said Vice Governor Somkiet.

“These people were allegedly charging tourists an admission fee to use the beach. Locals have also heard gunshots coming from the bay at night.”

Local residents also claimed that the thugs were protected by soldiers and government officials, he added.

However, Chalothorn Chotianan, 46, the owner of the land that provides the only access to Nui Beach, claimed that he was not aware of anyone trying to charge visitors for using the sands.

“Everything is fine, I am not mafia and the land around the beach is legally my property. I have all the documents to prove it,” he told officers.

However, further investigation of the beach area by officers revealed a number of infractions, including encroachment on beach land.

“We found some building construction encroaching on the beach area, as well as two illegal handguns and four jet-skis with no operating licenses,” said V/Gov Somkiet, adding that five of Mr Chalothorn’s workers also tested positive for drugs.

“We ordered them to immediately demolish the buildings and also seized the two handguns and four unregistered jet-skis,” he said.

The five workers who tested positive for drugs were also arrested and will be charged, he added.

“This is not over yet, we will investigate further any involvement of officials and the ownership documents for land surrounding the beach area,” V/Gov Somkiet assured.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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