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Policeman held for smuggling Burmese

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PHUKET TOWN: Acting on a tip-off, police today arrested 15 Burmese illegal immigrants. They also arrested three Thais who were bringing the Burmese into Phuket, one of them a police officer from Ranong. The Burmese were riding in two pick-up trucks and a car when they were stopped at 5 am, halfway between Thalang and the Heroines’ Monument, by officers of Thalang Police Station aided by Immigration Police. The drivers of the two pick-up trucks escaped. But police arrested Pol L/Cpl Narapong Pandee of Suksamran Police Station, Ranong, who was driving the car, as well as two other Thais, Somsak Promrod and Ranong Yimchom. The officers also seized the three vehicles and a walkie-talkie set. One of the pick-up trucks was subsequently found to belong to an employee of the Wachira Phuket Hospital. The car had been rented in Phuket by Narapong. This is the second time in two months that Narapong has been arrested for carrying illegal immigrants, said Pol Col Apirak Hongtong, superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office. “He was arrested two months ago in Ranong while carrying illegal Burmese laborers towards Phuket, and he was suspended from duty, without pay. He told me that because he is not working, he needed to get some money. “Since we started getting tough on illegal Burmese laborers in Phuket, the price for getting one Burmese into the province has gone up; it is now between 4,000 and 5,000 baht.” He showed reporters a list found in the car, which detailed where the laborers were to be delivered. Six were to be dropped off at the fishing port, five in Cherng Talay, three in Patong, one each in the Ranong Rd market and Rawai, and one outside Super Cheap. Provincial Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi said, “We know that people who transport illegal laborers get good money from both the laborers themselves and from their prospective employers in Phuket. “We also know that some government officers are involved in this traffic. Once we have evidence, they will be punished. “I have written to the governors of Ranong and Phang Nga so that we can cooperate in stopping this trade.” He admitted, however, “It is hard to catch them because they come by both car and boat.” The three Thais are in custody at Thalang Police Station while the Burmese are being held in the Immigration Department cells awaiting deportation.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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