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Valhalla closed down indefinitely

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PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi yesterday cancelled the operating license of the Valhalla Entertainment complex on Soi Sunset, Patong, closing it indefinitely. The closure came after police raided the place on March 21 and allegedly found five underage girls performing “improper” acts. “I have canceled their license because they have been operating a business that is different from that which is stated in the license,” he told the Gazette. “My officers went to inspect the place and found, at the back of the building, rows of rooms which the owner told police were for tourist accommodation. “They didn’t have a license to operate a hotel – they had only a restaurant and bar license. I have the authority to withdraw licenses, and that’s what I did. “It is also alleged that they employed underage girls there. Whether they did so, and whether it was for sex or for other purposes, it’s up to them to defend themselves in court,” he said. “That’s their right.” On Saturday, the Governor said, he met a girl who claimed she ran away from Valhalla a few days before the raid. “She is 15 and she told me that she came from Surin province to Phuket with three of the girls who were detained in the raid. She said they had come to Phuket under the impression that they would be working in Valhalla as waitresses,” Gov Pongpayome said. “According to the girl, the four were required to wear bikinis, dance ago-go, and sleep with tourists in the rooms at the back of the complex. After 10 days she ran away to Bangkok. “She was about to go back home when Jenjira [Heepkaew, 37, who blew the whistle on Valhalla] contacted her and persuaded her to come back to Phuket.” The Governor said that he would be passing the girl’s testimony on to the investigating officers. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, said, “After meeting with Jenjira and the girl, the Governor originally said he would shut Valhalla for a week while investigations were carried out. But now he has changed his mind and has closed the place indefinitely.”



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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. Pools 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 undrivable 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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