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Ten arrested for illegal immigration scam

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PHUKET AIRPORT: Two Malaysian women, a Singaporean woman and a Thai man were arrested yesterday at Phuket International Airport for involvement in an attempt to sneak six Chinese illegal immigrants out of Thailand and into Singapore. The six Chinese were also caught. Pol Lt Col Annop Suwanchatri, an immigration inspector at Phuket International Airport, said there were actually 12 people in the illegal operation but two, both Singaporean women, managed to get away. All 12 boarded flight TG 405, which flies from Bangkok to Singapore with a stop in Phuket. None of the Chinese had passports and all, according to their tickets, were supposed to get off the plane in Phuket. The six others had passports. According to their documentation they were supposed to stay on the plane in Phuket, continuing on to Singapore. While Phuket-bound passengers were leaving the plane after it landed in Phuket, the six accomplices handed their passports and their “same plane” stickers for the flight to the Chinese. The idea was that the six Chinese, now with passports, would fly on to Singapore, while the accomplices would disembark in Phuket; they would not be asked for their passports since the Bangkok-Phuket leg of the flight was not international. But, said Lt Col Annop, “Flight attendants on the plane noticed the switching. While they were waiting for the plane to be cleared for take-off, they asked the six Chinese for their tickets and passports. “None of them had a ticket for the Singapore leg of the journey, and the photos in their passports didn’t match their faces. So the airline staff brought them to us,” Col Annop told the Gazette. On their way to the airport Immigration office, the Chinese tore the photos out of the passports and tried to eat them, but were unable to swallow the plastic squares. They were persuaded to spit them out. Using the passports and photos, Immigration and Airport Police officers then combed the airport looking for the six accomplices. They found four of them hanging around the drop-off point for departures. All four confessed that they had given their passports and same-flight stickers to the Chinese. The other two could not be found. Lt Col Annop said the six were probably trying to get to countries such as Canada, Australia or the US, and were planning to use Singapore only as a transit point. The 10 people arrested are now being held at Chat Chai Port Police Station.



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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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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear | The Thaiger

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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