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Woman, 66, hospitalised after Phuket shopbreak, attacker arrested

PHUKET: A 23-year-old Thai man from Nakhon Si Thammarat province was arrested for assaulting an elderly shop owner and fleeing with B700 in Wichit yesterday (Apr 28).


Phuket gets ready for an island-wide clean up

PHUKET: A week-long island-wide clean up will start in Phuket on Labour Day (May 1).


Waiting for support: Phuket lifeguards pitch plan to Deputy PM to go pro

PHUKET: The International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) has submitted its plan directly to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thanasak Patimapragorn to upskill Phuket lifeguards to world standard and make the critical life-saving service a professional career on the island.


Chinese, Korean tourists saved from drowning off Phuket

PHUKET: In two separate incidents, less than two hours apart today (April 28), a Chinese and a Korean tourist were saved from drowning by Navy rescue officers at Koh Ha and Koh Si, respectively, at the Similan Islands north of Phuket.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Maya Bay closing? Red Bull "killer", foreigner photo contest || April 28

PHUKET XTRA - April 28 Maya Bay to close? Arrest warrant for Red Bull cop killer, finally! Army rangers burned alive in ambush, PM opposes media reform bill? And foreigners-only photo contest!


Phuket tourists rattled by beach-faring monitor lizard

PHUKET: Tourists enjoying Nai Harn Beach scattered across the sand yesterday afternoon (April 27) to make way for a monitor lizard that decided it wanted to join the international jet-setters in sunning itself on a world-famous beach.


Phuket M-Slaz rider dies after high-speed collision with pickup truck

PHUKET: Police are hoping to identify a Thai man, aged 18-25 years old, who died after his Yamaha M-Slaz motorbike slammed into a pickup truck in Phuket Town last night (Apr 27).


Phuket battery theft gang apprehended

PHUKET: Police yesterday arrested three people who had been stealing backup batteries from internet junction boxes used for 3BB internet services in Thalang.


Phuket to celebrate National Labour Day on Monday

PHUKET: Every first day of May (May 1) is celebrated in Thailand ? as in many countries around the world ? as National Labour Day. It is an official holiday for employees, so many businesses will be closed for the day.


Parks department mulls closing Maya Bay

PHUKET: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is considering temporarily closing Maya Bay to give the world-famous beach?s ecology time to recover.


Phuket elderly treated to Thai Red Cross 124th anniversary meals

PHUKET: The Phuket Chapter of the Thai Red Cross marked the charity organisation?s 124th anniversary in the country yesterday (April 26) by giving free meals at Phuket?s welfare home for the elderly in Pa Khlok.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Bus driver fight! Hanged baby's mother & police wire tapping? || April 27

PHUKET XTRA - April 27 Bus driver fight in middle of traffic! Police to start wire tapping? Help for mother of hanged baby! Journalism licenses & 72-hour emergency care nationwide!


Phuket Police deem Brit death at Patong a drunken drowning

PHUKET: Police have deemed the death of the 37-year-old British man pulled from water at the southern end of Patong Beach last Friday (April 21) as a ?drowning?.


Phuket Army chief confirms BYO umbrellas, sun loungers welcome at Surin Beach

PHUKET: The Commander of the Royal Thai Army regiment based in Phuket has confirmed that all tourists, expats and Thais can take their own beach chairs and umbrellas to use at any place on Surin Beach.


Phuket social workers provide support for mother of hanged girl, plea for distressed to seek help

PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong has ordered government social workers to provide immediate support to Jiranuch ?Bew? Trirat, whose 11-month-old daughter ?Beta? was hanged by her partner on Monday (April 25).


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Witch doctor shooting, Facebook deaths aftermath, police prostitution || April 26

PHUKET XTRA - April 26 Witch doctor killed over toilet curse! Aftermath of Facebook baby horror! Police-sponsored sex ring? No umbrellas on Surin Beach, & monk crashes car.


Phuket couple injured as car hits power pole protruding onto road

PHUKET: A couple who operate a noodle shop in Phuket Town escaped with minor injuries after their car slammed into a power pole that sits partially protruding into the lane on Thepkrasattri Rd this morning (April 26).


Bangkok Hospital Phuket confirms emergency care policy under new law

PHUKET: Bangkok Hospital Phuket has confirmed to The Phuket News its stance on emergency care for patients under the new Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP) law brought into effect on April 1.


Swiss expat found dead at home in Chalong

PHUKET: Police have confirmed that Phuket expat Rolf Werner Ruegg, 81, from Switzerland, was found dead in his home in Chalong yesterday afternoon (April 25).


Facebook removes Phuket baby-killing video

PHUKET: A Phuket man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook before committing suicide, police said yesterday (Apr 25).


Phuket Immigration confirms 90-day reporting online is back

PHUKET: The Immigration Bureau?s online portal for foreigners to complete their 90-day reporting is operational again after months of recurring issues which rendered the service unusable.


Umbrellas, beach chairs banned again at Phuket?s Surin Beach

PHUKET: Beach vendors have been ordered to remove all umbrellas and beach chairs from the sand at Surin Beach, on Phuket?s west coast, by May 1.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Facebook Live horror, Patong closures, Michelin Guide Thailand || April 25

PHUKET XTRA - April 25 Father hangs baby girl then himself on Facebook Live! Noodle vendor returns over B1 million, Bangla Road closures continue, Michelin Guide comes to Kingdom, & Thailand buys Chinese submarine and plans for weapons factory.


Phuket man hangs 11-month-old daughter, self in double-homicide jealousy

PHUKET: A man hanged his 11-month-old daughter then himself in Sakoo, south of Phuket International Airport, late yesterday afternoon (April 24) in a video broadcast live on Facebook in what police believe was an act of jealousy.


Russian boy, 10, injured in Phuket parasail accident

PHUKET: A 10-year-old Russian boy on holidays in Phuket with his family escaped serious injury today (April 24) when the boat hauling the parasail he was riding in at Karon Beach stalled from a plastic bag in the water.


Phuket Governor bestows UK Safer Roads Foundation ?Key to the City?

PHUKET: The president of the UK-based Safer Roads Foundation has been given the ?Key to the City? in appreciation of the efforts and support given to help reduce the carnage on Phuket?s roads.


Phuket late-trading crackdown on Patong bars, nightclubs continues

PHUKET: The Patong Police have confirmed they are still raiding and shutting down bars and nightclubs along and near Bangla Rd if they are caught trading past the legal closing times.


Plankton bloom at Phuket beach spurs wastewater treatment action from Patong Mayor

PHUKET: A plankton bloom appearing at Patong beach at the weekend has spurred Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup to call an urgent meeting with the Governor of Phuket regarding delays in the construction of the area?s new wastewater treatment plant.


Thai worker found hanged at Phuket worker?s camp

PHUKET: A Thai labourer from Surin Province was found hanged at a workers camp near Phuket?s Mining Museum this morning (April 24).


Beach cleanup off Phuket nets 133kg of rubbish

PHUKET: A beach and underwater cleanup activity held at Koh Khai in Phang Nga, just north of Phuket, over the weekend netted 133 kilograms of rubbish.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Death sentence, Chalong Dam, & Thai football || April 24

PHUKET XTRA - April 24 Chalong Dam coming soon! New Thai national team coach? Death sentence for murder & dismemberment, Kamala hill crash, ex-Thai football official fights FIFA.


Phuket Chinese tourist dies during island day trip

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist has died after being pulled from the water unconscious and in shock at Racha Yai Island on Saturday (April 22).


Phuket Poll: Do current traffic penalties work?

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong last week recounted Phuket?s death and injury toll during the Songkran ?Seven Days of Danger? road-safety campaign, held April 11-17. The toll for the one week stood at four dead and 70 people injured in 67 accidents.


Phuket Opinion: Lack of infrastructure planning ? caprice or coincidence?

This week brings a double-whammy of good news for residents in the south of Phuket, home to the heaviest concentration of resident expats on the island: Chalong Hospital is more than halfway complete and the Klong Kratha ?Chalong? Dam is on track to be complete by the end of July.


Phuket's new Chalong reservoir to serve 100,000 residents

After more than a decade in planning and construction, the long-awaited Khlong Katha Reservoir in Chalong is expected to be complete in July, and to start collecting heaven-sent rainwater when the rainy season begins drenching Phuket in the coming weeks.


Phuket late-night motorbike accident in Kamala hills leaves one dead, one injured

PHUKET: Police have yet to determine what caused a motorbike accident in the hills of Kamala, on Phuket?s west coast, sometime in the early hours of this morning that killed one woman but left a man with minor injuries (April 22).


Phuket Governor heads prison drug search

PHUKET: More than 122 police and other officials conducted a drug search and random testing at Phuket Provincial prison yesterday (April 21) in a bid to prevent and suppress illegal drug use and distribution, with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong and other senior island officials in attendance.


Thailand?s national Ombudsman reviews Phuket land grab claim

PHUKET: Local officials this week were called to explain to national Ombudman Boon Tapanadul the current status of investigation of alleged encroachment into a mangrove forest in northern Phuket ? and the rights of street vendors serving food on public land at Phuket?s renowned Sarasin Bridge.


Phuket woman crushed under tour bus, 3-year-old niece survives

PHUKET: A horrific accident on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound left a 3-year-old Phuket girl without an aunt after she was crushed by a tour bus packed with Chinese tourists yesterday afternoon (April 21).


Phuket coral reef dive sites get helping hand to recover from mass tourism

PHUKET: A local reef restoration project has completed fixing more than 6,000 coral heads to artificial reefs at Maiton and Racha Yai islands to help the coral populations recover from damage by mass tourism.


Phuket developer faces residents' revolt, Consumer Protection Board over unpaid water bills

PHUKET: More than 300 residents of the Phanason Residence Phuket in Kathu filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection Board (CPB) yesterday (April 21) after receiving threats from the Phuket Provincial Water Authority that their water supply will be cut off due to outstanding bills.


Two Thai men arrested in Phuket for drug possession

PHUKET: Phuket City Police yesterday arrested two Thai man and seized from them a variety of drugs, ammunition and other items related to drug dealing.


British man, 37, drowns at Phuket beach

PHUKET: A 37-year-old British man was found floating in the sea at the southern end of Patong Beach this morning in what police have described as a drowning incident.


Thai man, 53, found dead in Phuket from alleged shotgun suicide

PHUKET: A 53-year-old Thai man was found dead inside a property in Mai Khao this morning after allegedly committing suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Semen trafficking! Bangkok street food & sleepy crash || April 21

PHUKET XTRA - April 21 Semen trafficking! Falling asleep during crash, Bangkok street food rules, kingpins drug network, and 9-year-old girls reward.


Man arrested for impersonating a police officer in Phuket

PHUKET: A 32-year-old Thai man from Pattani province was arrested at a hotel in Patong yesterday (Apr 20) on an arrest warrant issued issued by Phuket Provincial Court for impersonating a police officer.


Phuket Governor urges officials to lead by example

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong today urged all government officials to work earnestly and avoid trouble, thus setting a good example to the general public.


Phuket boy, 15, and mum survive motorbike slam into back of 10-wheeler

PHUKET: A 15-year-old youth and his mother escaped serious injury earlier today (April 20) after the youth fell asleep while driving the motorbike, which slammed into the back of a 10-wheeled truck parked by the side of the road.


Phuket schoolgirl, 9, rewarded for honest actions

PHUKET: A 9-year-old schoolgirl who returned a bag containing B130,000 in cash and gold jewellery with an estimated value of over B120,000 she found lying on the road in Kamala to its rightful owner earlier this week has been rewarded for her actions by government officials.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Underage sex parlour, monitor lizard, & coordinated attacks || April 20

PHUKET XTRA - April 20 Underage sex parlour workers sentenced! Arrests in 14-year-old gang rape, Patong massage parlour fire, drink driving violators go to the morgue, monitor lizard says knock knock, & over dozen coordinated attacks in South Thailand.





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