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Phuket PAD: “No plans’ to close airport

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THALANG: The Phuket branch of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has “no plans” to close down Phuket International Airport again, according to a spokesman.

The number of unscheduled flights in and out of Phuket has been increasing in recent days, with foreign governments arranging special flights for people stranded in Thailand by the closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports in Bangkok by PAD protesters. Many have chosen to use Phuket Airport, normally the third busiest in Thailand, to get their citizens home.

Phuket PAD spokesman Natjarong Ekpermsup said some 1,000 Phuket-based PAD supporters are now at strategic locations in the capital, particularly the two airports.

His group, which goes by the name Phuket Watch, currently has no plans to close down Phuket Airport, he confirmed.

Phuket Governor Preecha Ruangjan earlier told reporters that the province was keeping a close watch on the movements of PAD supporters in Phuket.

Airports of Thailand (AOT), which runs Phuket Airport, beefed up security after a PAD protest at the airport resulted in a two-day closure in August.

After that incident was very poorly received by the island’s tourism industry, Phuket Watch held a press conference blaming the closure on an unnamed “third party”.

The Bangkok airport closures have also left an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 Thais stranded abroad and flights are being arranged to get these people home.

The remains of one of the two Thais killed in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India last week were repatriated home to Phuket on a Silk Air flight from Mumbai that landed at Phuket Airport at about 2 pm today.

The woman was identified as Jirapat Kanchanawaree, a Phuket native in her mid-twenties who had been working in a hotel spa when it was attacked by terrorists. Her body was claimed by relatives at the airport.

The closure of the two airports in Bangkok has also crippled domestic air traffic, with longer-than-normal waits for flights to regional locations like Koh Samui.

AOT has arranged a special 800-baht bus service from Phuket airport to Bangkok and Chonburi to help people get off the island.

Some foreigners told the Gazette over the weekend that they had been waiting three days to get a flight out. Despite their obvious discomfort, they said they understood the situation in Thailand and the causes behind it.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong | The Thaiger

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO | The Thaiger

Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket

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French man and two others killed in Rawai motorbike accident, Phuket | The Thaiger

Three people have died and another sustained serious injuries following the collision of two motorbikes in Rawai early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The accident happened on Viset Road in front of a public health centre at 1.30am.

The Honda Wave motorbike driver was 37 years old Siripong Mulikkabut. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. His passenger, 35 year old Warunee Hosakun, died at the scene.

The driver of a white Ducati model big bike was 48 year old French man Philippe Menduni. He died at the scene.

His passenger 44 years old Pannee Pongkan sustained serious injuries was taken to Vachira Hospital. Witnesses at the scene say she was five months pregnant.

Police say the Honda motorbike driver was heading towards Chalong Circle. When he arrived at the scene, the Ducati Bigbike came from behind and collided into the back of the Honda motorbike.

Police are continuing their investigation. Police also report that none of the riders were wearing helmets.

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