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A fire at a market in Patong early this morning has caused damages estimated at 1 billion baht in value. Five fire trucks raced to the scene at the SB Plaza on Rat-U-Thit road at about 2am. It took firefighters an hour to bring the fire under control.

12 shops were destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze.

At this stage police speculate that the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit. It was raining sporadically last night.

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Bangkok mother, daughter swindled out of 1.8 million baht, suspect arrested

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Authorities in the southern province of Phuket have arrested a man wanted in Bangkok for swindling a woman and her mother out of nearly 2 million baht. Police in the island’s party town of Patong report that officers received a request from police in Bangkok to arrest 23 year old Narathip Sukprasert, originally from Lop Buri province, about 150 kilometres to Bangkok’s northeast.

Narathip was wanted for fraud on an arrest warrant issued back on January 6. Patong Police managed to track him down, and together with officers from Bangkok, arrested him on Monday. Authorities say he used the names “Nook Tha Prachan” or “Wayu Tha Prachan” and dealt in Buddha amulets.

“He deceived his female victim by pretending to be romantically attracted to her. When the woman said she wanted things, he would buy them and pay by using his credit card. He later told the woman that he had problems with his credit card because he had spent too much, so his victim gave him cash to pay for his alleged credit card bill,” according to the report in Phuket News.

The woman transferred money to Narathip’s account many times, totalling nearly 250,000 baht. After swindling money out of the woman, Narathip deceived her mother as well, claiming that she too would be held legally responsible for the debt and that the bank would sue her.

“The victim’s mother believed this, and gave him money several times. Altogether he deceived the women out of more than 1.8 million baht.”

Narathip was taken to Bang Na Police Station in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket reports 4 new Covid-19 cases, breaking 7 day streak

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Phuket Health authorities reported 4 new cases the Covid-19 coronavirus, breaking a week-long streak with no new reported cases on the island. The number of officially confirmed infections since the outbreak began in Phuket has now risen to 224.

Here are the details of today’s new cases…

Case 221: A 23 year old Thai woman, a secretarial assistant who lives Cherngtalay. The woman became ill on May 2. It was not reported whether any contacts had high risk exposure to this patient.

Case 222: A Thai woman, aged 29, an assistant manager at a convenience store who lives in Wichit, Phuket Town. She became ill on May 7. 12 people are considered at high risk.

Case 223: A 19 year old Thai man, a university student who also lives in Wichit. He fell ill on May 6. It was not reported if any people are considered at high risk from exposure to this patient.

Case 224: A 29 year old Thai man, a ‘public servant’ who lives in the Patong subdistrict. The man became ill on May 2.

A source, who has knowledge of the matter, has reported to The Thaiger that one of today’s new cases is an active policeman working in Patong. The information has not been confirmed by the Phuket Covid-19 Incident Command Centre.

The PPHO noted that all 4 new cases are under investigation, but also said that all 4 had a history of exposure to risk areas.

The Phuket Public Relations Department announed this morning that a total of 9,656 people have been considered at risk of contracting the virus, up 62 from the 9,594 reported yesterday. Of those, 9,432 have been found not to be infected with the virus.

The Phuket Provincial Health Office, which serves as the Covid-19 Incident Command Centre, announced this morning that 5,621 “persons under investigation” have been identified during their contact tracing.

Of those, all but 75 have been cleared, according to the PPHO. They remain in hospital, comprising 29 people confirmed as infected and 46 people still awaiting test results, down 6 from the 52 reported yesterday.

4pm. Kathu. A daily sight of people needing to line up accept the kind donations of food. A sight we will likely see around the island until tourists start coming back. July? September? Next year? Nobody knows.

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3 more Cambodians arrested as part of Phuket human trafficking ring

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2 Cambodian women and 1 man have been arrested in Phuket’s Patong municipality as part of a human trafficking ring where children were routinely beaten with wire hangers if they failed to meet their 3000 baht per day quota selling floral garlands.

The arrests of 27 year old Chanta, 32 year old Lia and 32 year old Kaew (the man), were announced by the Immigration Deputy Chief at a media briefing in Bangkok this week.

Deputy Chief Aroon Saengchan explained that the arrests follow the raids in Patong on Feb 22 that saw 17 children rescued from the gang and placed in protective custody.

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In those raids, 33 year old Ngo Sun, 33, whose nationality was not disclosed, and Thai national Suphattra Charoensuk, aged 22, originally from Koh Samui, were arrested for their involvement in the gang.

Not reported at the time was that in those raids, officers also arrested five Cambodians, Soi Phra Baramee 1 in Patong. All five were charged with illegally staying in the Kingdom.

Officers also found a group of Cambodian children in the house and placed them under protective custody, Col Aroon added.

Further investigation confirmed that Chanta, Kaew, and Lia also were involved in the human-trafficking ring, according to Aroon.

Officers got a warrant of arrest for the three Cambodians and “Officers eventually arrested the three on Apr 20.”

Aroon did not give any further details of the arrests.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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