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Police deny Tamil Tigers report

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PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Marine Police today denied a report in a major daily newspaper that they had recently checked and then released a speedboat that might have been used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to transport supplies from Phuket to an LTTE base on an island nearby. The LTTE have been waging a long and bitter civil war against the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka, a war that has resulted in thousands of deaths. Kao Sod, one of Thailand’s biggest daily newspapers, yesterday quoted a Marine Police source in Phuket as saying that officers went to check on a speedboat at the Rassada Pier on April 9. Aboard the boat, the newspaper said, the officers found three crewmen from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They also found food supplies, 5,000 liters of fuel, military uniforms, walkie-talkies, and three big boxes containing fliers written in Yavee, a regional dialect spoken in Malaysia. Also printed on the fliers was the LTTE symbol, consisting of crossed rifles, a tiger’s head, a star, and a crescent moon. “I don’t know where the reporter got this story from,” Pol Lt Col Prasopchai Bunluesil, Deputy Superintendent of Phuket Marine Police, told the Gazette. “We never took any such action. We are filing a report to the Special Branch, denying everything in this newspaper report.” Last month, Lloyd’s List, a shipping news publication, was quoted by the Sunday Island, an English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka, as saying that the LTTE had moved to an island “near Phuket” after being driven out of Burma. At the time, Pol Col Misakawan Buara, Superintendent of Phuket Marine Police, told the Gazette, “This sounds like old news to us. A report last year said that the Tigers were shipping gasoline and weapons out of Phuket. That time, a representative from Sri Lanka also came down to search with us. None of it was true.” Phuket Marine Police checked islands off Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Satun, Ranong, and Trang in response to the report, he said. They found nothing. Despite the Marine Police denials, Gen Surayud Chulanont, the chief of Thailand’s armed forces, was reported recently as saying that the Army has known for some time that LTTE separatists have been operating from an island near Phuket.



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Motorcyclist crushed by truck in Thalang

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A motorbike passenger has died following an incident with a truck in Thalang this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident on Thepkasattri Road southbound in Mueang Mai, Thalang.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of a woman, identified by police as Boonnam Thepnui from Pattalung.  Her body was taken to the Thalang Hospital.

A motorbike on the road and a truck waiting were found at the scene.

Thalang Police report that the truck, whose driver was Nikorn Pakpoe from Surat Thani, was heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. The motorbike, whose driver was Kamron Tampueak from Krabi with Ms Boonnam, were heading from the same way. Kamron sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

The truck slightly tapped the motorbike and the motorbike fell down on the road. Ms Boonnam was crushed under the truck and died at the scene.

Police are further investigating the incident.

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Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office

A beach in Ao Makham is almost back to normal following a big cleanup was launched to clear a black oil spill that had polluted 300 metres of shoreline yesterday.

The oil spill was located along a beach at Ao Makham in Wichit over the weekend. It is believed to be from a big ship.

Read more about the discovery and clean-up HERE.

Navy officers along with hotel staff in the area were helping to clean the beach and remove oil-stained sand.  Beachgoers and tourists were still enjoying the beach during the clean-up operations, despite a strong smell coming from the oil.

The Phuket PR Office is reporting that the Phuket Marine Office has already filed a report to police in order to identify suspects who may have released the oil. They say they will face full legal action when identified as this oil affects the marine environment and tourism.

More efforts on fishing and tour boats management are also being considered in order to prevent any waste or oil releasing into the sea.

Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up | News by The Thaiger

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240 million baht in assets seized in Patong and Chiang Mai counterfeit raids

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Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn is continuing his counterfeit goods crackdown in Patong and Chiang Mai where 240 million baht of assets have been seized over the past month.

At a media scrum held at the Police Region 8 headquarter in Mai Khao yesterday Surachate said, “We have raided four targeted areas in Patong and four targeted areas at the Chiang Mai night Bazar in our counterfeit goods crackdowns. More than 240 million baht of assets such as houses, land and cars have been seized.”

The crackdown follows an investigation that found that many counterfeit goods are being sold online. Patong and Chiang Mai Night Bazar are also favorite places for tourists where fake brand-name items are popular.

“Officers have raided shops near Patong Beach on December 14. Officers seized counterfeit goods and arrested suspects yesterday as well.”

Read more the recent counterfeit sting in Patong HERE.

“Two wanted suspects have now been arrested. 240 million baht of assets have been seized from the raids.”

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