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Two held for mobile phone scam

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PHUKET TOWN: Police have arrested a Briton and his Burmese partner and accused them of an international mobile telephone scam that was netting them thousands of baht each day. Police named the men as Gaser Jaba, 35, and Lux Chuman, 18. The pair were arrested at a house in Moo Baan Jom Thong on Kwang Rd yesterday afternoon. Police confiscated 13 mobile phones, bank books, nine notebooks full of telephone numbers, computer equipment and an Isuzu car. Both have been charged with illegally entering Thailand, with fraud and with illegally possessing, making, and using telecommunication devices. Police said the men accepted their guilt. The men allegedly used two mobile handsets and computer equipment that could tap in to the frequency of a legitimate mobile phone subscriber. They would use one phone to call a Burmese camp in Malaysia, and ask the person at the other end who they wanted to talk with in Burma. Then they would use the second mobile phone to call that person in Burma, connecting the signals from the two mobiles so that the person in Malaysia could talk to the person in Burma. Legitimate subscribers of the phone numbers used in the operation would later find hefty long-distance charges billed to their accounts. The men allegedly had a contact in Malaysia or Burma who accepted fees for the “service” on their behalf, and the money would be transferred to bank accounts. The operation was bringing in about 50,000 baht a day, police said. Phuket Provincial Police Commander, Pol Maj Gen Kongphol Suwannaraks, has asked locals to keep an eye on foreigners in Phuket. “There are many foreigners coming here and some of them stay and engage in illegal activities,” he said. “People can help police by observing what these foreigners do and report any sign of illegal activities.”



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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