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Police issue warning over gambling gang

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KATA: Police have issued a warning to the public to be on the lookout for a gang of Thai con artists who use a combination of flattery, threats, insults and drugged drinks to separate people from their money. The warning came after Narumon “Mai” Busaphanag, 34, from Bangkok, reported to police that the gang had subjected her to a five-hour ordeal during which they attempted, unsuccessfully, to extort money from her. K. Mai and her English husband have a real estate business. On Wednesday she was contacted by a gang member who claimed to be interested in property. He made an appointment to meet her and then drove her to a house near the Plub Pla restaurant, above Kata. K. Mai told the Gazette that the men were polite and well dressed, and wore expensive accessories. They came to the meeting in a BMW and a Mercedes Benz. One introduced himself as the president of a five-star resort in Phuket, and another as an architect with a well-known construction company. The others were the assistant to the “president”, and the driver. The four then tried to involve her in a simple gambling game: pick any number from one to ten. If you get the right number, you win, they told her. K. Mai had drunk a cup of coffee that they had served to her earlier, and began to feel dizzy. Realizing there was something very wrong, she tried to call her husband but could not get through on her mobile phone. For five hours, the men kept talking and trying to lure her into playing their game. She refused and declined all further offers of food or drink. The “president” became angry, K. Mai told the Gazette. He yelled at the others, “What kind of woman have you found for us? She has no style! She dresses worse than my dog!” Finally they drove K. Mai back home, but not before warning her that if she told anyone about the episode, they would kill her. She reported her ordeal to the police the following day. Pol Capt Jirasak Seamsak of Chalong Police station told the Gazette that there have recently been a number of similar incidents, but that none of the victims have been willing to testify against the extortionists. Pol Capt Anek Mongkol of Cherng Talay Police Station said that the descriptions of the gang members matched those of four men who had relieved a prawn farm owner of 115,000 baht at the end of October in a similar gambling “game”. He added that this kind of con works best with people “who are greedy and like gambling”, which was not the case with K. Mai. The gangsters are still at large.



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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

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