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Phuket officials prepare for Songkran with alcohol-free play zones

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PHUKET: With Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut’s announcement today of designated water-play zones for this year’s Songkran celebrations, Phuket water-players may start making plans to party.

The announcement made it clear that the sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol will be banned within the Phuket water play zones and there will be no exception for any famous area, including, of course, Patong’s Soi Bangla, on April 13. The alcohol-free water-play zones are part of a slew of new precautions to make the 2014 Thai New Year festivities safer.

Scenes from 2013’s Songkran celebrations in Phuket. Video: PGTV

“The selected ‘water-play zones’ are Saphan Hin Park, Kata-Karon beachfront, Soi Bangla and Patong beach road, Kamala Park, Surin Beach and Sirinath National Park,” Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut announced.

The water play areas have been chosen and set up at the governor’s discretion.

“Alcohol may not be conveyed into the areas, sold in the areas, or consumed there,” he added.

Police warn that those breaking Songkran alcohol rules will face imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of 10,000 baht, or both.

“Please be informed that drinking in cars will result in charges for both the driver and passengers, as well as those found drinking beside public roads. This is according to the Alcohol Act B.E. 2551,” said Phuket City Police Superintendent Sermphan Sirikong.

“The ban on the sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol in water play zones will be effective from 8am on April 13 to 6am on April 14,” he stated.

“Police will also charge people for throwing water ‘impolitely’, for using colored water and for touching women inappropriately when applying powder,” Col Sermphan announced.

“Whoever is caught breaking the safety regulations will be charged with causing a public nuisance or

The selected ‘water-play zones’ will be Saphan Hin Park, Kata-Karon beachfront, Soi Bangla and Patong beach road, Kamala Park, Surin Beach and Sirinath National Park. Photo: Gazette file

endangering public safety,” he warned.

Col Sermphan also warned water-players in the back of pick-up trucks to be take care and play safely.

“Water-playing on trucks is dangerous. You may do it, but you must take precautions. Anybody found not doing so will be charged for causing a public nuisance or endangering public safety,” he added.

In addition, police will be manning 10 main checkpoints throughout Phuket during the “Seven Days of Danger” which runs from April 11 to 17.

“Ten main checkpoints will be set up throughout the island to maintain the road-safety plan as the number of road accidents during Songkran is much higher than normal,” Col Sermphan said.

The 10 police road-safety checkpoints in Phuket will be at the following locations:

Muang District
Isuzu dealership on Thepkrasattri Road’s northbound lane, near Koh Kaew Soi 33
Wichit Municipality Office on Chao Fa West Road
Ake Anda village on Chao Fa West Road
Ramada Hotel on Patak Road in Karon

The selected ‘water-play zones’ will be Saphan Hin Park, Kata-Karon beachfront, Soi Bangla and Patong beach road, Kamala Park, Surin Beach and Sirinath National Park. Photo: Gazette file

Kathu
Patong Hill Hotel intersection on Sirirat Road
Prabaramee Road, near Thung Thong Police Station
In front of Big C Supercenter in Kamala

Thalang
Tah Chat Chai checkpoint
Cherng Talay Municipality Office on Srisoonthorn Road
Tah Reua Police Box on Thepkrasattri Road southbound, near the Heroines’ Monument

“There will be 14 other small checkpoints on minor roads throughout the three districts of Phuket, as well as 12 checkpoints which can be moved around to keep an eye on drinking and driving, and motorists who do not wear helmets, in order to support road safety,” Col Sermphan added.

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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