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PHUKET CITY: Two young men were arrested on the morning of December 8 in Tambon Rassada for beating up an off-duty sailor, stealing his safety helmet and walkie-talkie, and then allegedly using the equipment to pose as government officers to extort money from Burmese workers.

At a press conference led by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Apirak Hongtong at the Phuket City Police Station at 11 am on Monday, the two suspects were identified as Phuket natives Chalermporn Naweekorn and Chanon Sirinararat, both 22.

The media were told that Jatophongsatorn Netimongkol, a Royal Thai Navy sailor, arrived at Phuket City Police Station at around 5 am that morning to report that he had been beaten and robbed by two men.

Mr Jatophongsatorn told police he had left work at a local beer hall and was dropped off near his home at the government housing complex for Navy personnel at Saphan Hin. As he walked the rest of the way, two men came quickly over the bridge on a motorcycle and parked in front of him.

Mr Jatophongsatorn described both men as about 22 years old, between 160-170 cms in height and with dark skin. The pair attacked him, stamping on him and punching him in the head and torso. One of the men then held a knife to his neck and grabbed his safety helmet and official radio, before the two of them ran off.

Police claim that the two men then drove to the RTH Co labor camp in Tambon Rassada Village 1 and approached Ms Orn-uma Detpakdee, the owner of the camp’s general shop.

Ms Orn-uma claims the men said they were police officers and had received orders to search Burmese laborers at the camp.

Ms Orn-uma was surprised at this and telephoned the police. When police officers arrived at the scene the two men fled into the jungle, but officers gave chase and were able to apprehend them.

On questioning, the two men confessed to attacking Mr Jatophongsatorn while drunk. They said that after fleeing the scene their motorcycle ran out of gas, so they entered the camp with the intention of asking for money to buy more fuel.

They denied impersonating police officers or attempting to extort money.



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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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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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