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Phuket police raid massage parlors, find 5 illegal workers, no evidence of prostitution

PHUKET: About 30 police officers and soldiers raided massage parlors in Phoonpon area yesterday night (June 23) netting five illegal workers.

Phuket burglary victim calls for help

Phuket police are hunting for an unidentified suspect involved in a burglary in Rawai earlier this week.

New Phuket Provincial Hall behind schedule, contractor may face fines

PHUKET: Construction of the B450 million new Phuket Provincial Hall is 70% complete and the project should be finished by November 26 this year or the contractor will face hefty fines.

Phuket?s Chalong Underpass flamed for slow construction

PHUKET: The Mayor of Rawai has opened fire at the already long-delayed construction of the Chalong underpass due to ?land expropriation problems?.

New parking restrictions on Phuket Town?s Thalang Rd

PHUKET: New parking restrictions on Thalang Rd in Phuket Town will come into effect next Saturday (July 1), following a statement issued on Tuesday (June 20) signed by Phuket Provincial Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen.

Phuket officials exasperated over dumping in Karon

PHUKET: The chief of Karon Municipality?s Public Health division has told The Phuket News that her office is fed up with the constant stream of rubbish being dumped in the area, specifically on the backroad of Patak Soi 14.

Phuket lifeguards call for hotels to join free surf-rescue training

PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Service has called for staff from hotels and other tourism operators to join free water-rescue training sessions, in response to the call by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong for hotels to do more to improve tourists? safety.

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Smuggling organgutans, YouTube deadline, & Laguna Hospitality Challenge || June 23

PHUKET XTRA - June 23 Animal smuggler caught with baby orangutans! 30-day deadline for YouTube? B7.5 million for sick singer, nation strategy approved, & 2nd Annual Laguna Phuket Hospitality Challenge!

Thai, Myanmar armies meet in Phuket, declare human-trafficking problem ?solved?

PHUKET: The two leading army generals heading the Thailand-Myanmar border control committee yesterday at a meeting in Phuket declared the problem of human trafficking between the countries as ?solved?.

Phuket health officials eye Aussie tourist Japanese encephalitis death

PHUKET: Officials at the Phuket Provincial Health Office are waiting for more information on reports of an Australian tourist who died from Japanese encephalitis which is believed he contracted while on holiday in Phuket.

Fire at Phuket house causes B100k damage

PHUKET: Fire investigators have yet to rule out arson at a worker?s shack in central Phuket last night (June 22). There were no injures reported as a result of the fire.

Phuket pearls to adorn Miss World Australia crown

PHUKET: Pearls from a Phuket pearl farm to the value of B1.5 million will be used in the crown for Miss World Australia 2017.

Phuket students treated to world-class earthquake, tsunami preparedness

PHUKET: A project to educate 2,000 students from 20 schools across Phuket about disaster preparedness, involving international experts, drew to a close at Saphan Hin yesterday (June 21). The project marked the launch of a new initiative to bring together resources from all aspects of society, including hotels, resorts and other businesses, to help respond to disasters should another one befall Phuket.

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Youth riot, Patong jellyfish & marriage-for-visa scheme || June 22

Phuket Xtra - June 22 Riot at juvenile detention center! Pregnant woman dies on tracks, Islamic teacher shot dead, jellyfish at Patong beach, and marriage-for-visa scheme busted.

Phuket officials to patrol Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy kids

PHUKET: The Mayor of Rawai Mr Aroon Solos has confirmed that with effect from today (June 22) there will at least be one official allocated to patrol the area at and around Rawai pier to check for begging sea gypsy children.

Phuket lifeguards warn of jellyfish at Patong Beach

PHUKET: Lifeguards along at Patong Beach have issued a warning of an influx of jellyfish washing up along the shore, while their counterparts at Surin and Bang Tao beaches, further north on Phuket?s west coast, have reported blooms of other jellyfish there.

Fire at Phuket restaurant causes B30k damage

PHUKET: A fire broke out at a restaurant in Srisoonthorn today morning causing about B30,000 worth of damage. There were no injures reported as a result of the fire.

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Gold digging, child beggars, & "pregnant" panda || June 21

PHUKET XTRA - June 21 Crackdown on child beggars? Panda no longer pregnant! Bombing suspect: Im sorry, widower gives land for new road and how to be a gold digger.

Phuket truck driver flees after six-wheeler flips, dumps soil on busy bypass road

PHUKET: The driver of a six-wheeled truck seems to have luckily escaped serious injury after fleeing the scene where a tyre blowout launched his vehicle, heavily laden with soil, onto its side on Phuket?s bypass road last night (June 20).

Phuket juveniles riot as ?teen kingpins? moved to prison

PHUKET: A special response team was called to quell a riot at the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Centre in Phuket Town late yesterday afternoon (June 20) as more than a dozen youth inmates protested violently against four ?leaders? being moved to Phuket Provincial Prison.

Phuket?s Nai Harn bridge under repair ? again

PHUKET: The road on the recently renovated bridge next to Nai Harn Lake has been stripped and is undergoing re-paving due to initial construction defects, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News.

Tons of rubbish cleared in Phuket airport beach clean-up

PHUKET: More than three tons of garbage were collected from Nai Yang Beach in Mai Khao in a mass clean-up operation in Phuket today (June 20) following a barrage of negative reports in the press highlighting people dumping their rubbish within the boundaries of Sirinath National Park.

?Phuket police will take action if sea gypsy kids continue begging,? says Rawai Mayor

PHUKET: The Mayor of Rawai, Mr Aroon Solos, has today (June 20) warned that police will intervene if the children of the Rawai sea gypsy village continue to beg from tourists in the area.

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: School bribe? Mandatory travel insurance & crocodile chomp || June 20

PHUKET XTRA - June 20 Crocodile chomps on mans head! Professional smell-ers? Phuketian among bombing victims, authorities probe divers death, undercover school bribe investigation, and Phuketians: travel insurance SHOULD be mandatory.

Phuket vendors demand market fence be removed

PHUKET: A group of representatives from a local market in Koh Siray handed over a document protesting the erection of a fence, which they claim affects sales of about 100 vendors, to Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong at a meeting with Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad, government officials and other protesting vendors yesterday (June 19).

Phuket hosts Asean forum on rights of the disabled

PHUKET: More than 120 delegates from across Southeast Asia yesterday concluded a key event in Phuket focussed on discussing and maintaining the rights of disabled people throughout Asean nations.

Phuket cat blamed in Chinese driver wipe-out

PHUKET: A Chinese man driving to Phuket International Airport in the early hours of this morning (June 20) to pick up friends has blamed a cat crossing the road for his pickup truck wiping out and hitting a power pole broadside.

Phuket soldier laid to rest

PHUKET: The body of Pvt Kitthiphong Borna, one of the six soldiers killed in a road-bomb blast in Pattani yesterday, was laid to rest at Baan Bang Duk Muslim cemetery in Mai Khao, in northern Phuket, this morning (June 20).

Phuket funeral services announced for Soi Dog campaigner in Patong

PHUKET: The renowned Soi Dog Foundation has announced the passing of one of its long-term animal welfare campaigners, Yvonne de Haay Stekelenburg.

Relatives mourn Phuket soldier?s death in Pattani road-bomb attack

PHUKET: Friends and family are in mourning for 23-year-old Phuket-born Kitthiphong Borna, who was among the six soldiers killed by a bomb planted in a road in Pattani earlier today (June 19).

Phuket residents demand clean-up of beach rubbish

PHUKET: Residents living around Soi 4 Mai Khao in Thalang are up in arms and demanding officials take responsibility for clearing a large pile of rubbish building up at Nai Yang Beach where the runway for Phuket International Airport lies.

Protection areas to be set up following death of dugong in Phuket

PHUKET: An official from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) has stated that protected areas will be introduced for dugongs following the death of one of the animals at the PMBC this morning.

Phuket lifeguards warn 'rest before swimming' after Russian boy collapses on beach

PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Service has called for tourists to rest before heading to the beach after arriving on long flights after a 10-year-old Russian boy collapsed on the sand at Nai Thon Beach yesterday (June 18).

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: MBK raids, round' the world canoe & Thai latte champion! || June 19

PHUKET XTRA - June 19 Hospital bomber charged for 3 other attacks! Canoe goes around the world! Chatuchak Market and MBK to see raids? Fatal double accident in Phuket, and Thailand has the worlds best latte artist.

Volunteer diver dies after installing artificial reef off Phuket

PHUKET: Police are hoping to confirm the cause of death of a 35-year-old volunteer diver who fainted soon after resurfacing from assisting in a government project to install an artificial reef at Racha Yai Island, south of Phuket, yesterday (June 18).

Phuket lifeguards warn of ?flame jellyfish? at beaches

PHUKET: The Phuket Lifeguard Service have issued a warning of an influx of ?flame jellyfish?, scientific name Rhopilema esculentum, which have already stung beachgoers at beaches on the island?s west coast.

Water shut-offs in areas of Phuket Town tomorrow

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has today (June 19) announced that the water supply will be shut-off at specific roads in Phuket Town tomorrow (June 20) while works are carried out to electrical systems.

Phuket high-speed accident leaves three dead, Chinese air crew safe

PHUKET: Three people died and several more injured after a pickup truck struck a van carrying China Airlines crew, including pilots, and overturned on Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang early yesterday morning (June 18), and was then struck by a big bike travelling at high speed.

Phuket Opinion: It pays to be honest

PHUKET: It appears to have come as no surprise to many readers of The Phuket News that there was a ?sex show? venue operating in the island?s main entertainment hub of Patong.

New Patong Police Chief welcomed by entertainment operators

PHUKET: Newly appointed Patong Police Chief Colonel Tassanai Orarigadech has been welcomed to his new role by business owners from the Patong Entertainment Association. Col Tassanai was presented with flowers by the group outside the entrance t...

Phuket officials to clamp down on begging sea gypsy kids

PHUKET: Officials yesterday announced that they will begin a clampdown on children from the Rawai sea gypsy community begging for money from people visiting the area in and around the sea gypsy village.

Rajabhat Uni helps speed up Phuket driving licence video viewing

PHUKET: Phuket Rajabhat University (PRU) is providing viewing sessions of the mandatory training video for people applying for driver?s licences as a way to help reduce the length of time it takes to be issued a licence in Phuket.

Phuket shopping mall raid sees B500k of counterfeit goods seized

PHUKET: Officials from the Department of Intellectual Property carried out a series of raids in the tourist-popular area of Patong Beach today and in just a matter of hours seized counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of about B500,000.

PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Hospital bomber caught, king cobra under hood, less sugar || June 16

PHUKET XTRA - June 16 Hospital bombing suspect caught! King cobra under the hood? 10-year-old suffocated before found in canal, less tax for less sugar, & former top cop denies accusations. Hosted by: JP Mestanza

Phuket beach warning lights, ?after dark ban? to prevent tourist drownings

PHUKET: The Phuket Governor is considering a blanket ban on the beaches after dark among a raft of ideas to help prevent people, especially tourists, from drowning at Phuket beaches.

Two-metre-long king cobra removed from car engine in Phuket

PHUKET: A king cobra which decided to take a nap on top of the bonnet of a car and then hid in the car?s engine while the car was parked in the Khao Phra Theao Student Centre in Thalang was caught and released into its natural habitat yesterday.

Phuket regional police chief speaks out on corruption claims

PHUKET: Former Region 8 Police Chief Lt Gen Tesa Siriwato has publicly denied any corruption by involvement with ?pay-for-promotions? within his ranks, the state news agency NNT has reported.

Phuket Baba Wedding Festival cancelled in respect of late King

PHUKET: It has been confirmed that the annual Phuket Baba Wedding Festival which usually takes place around this time of year in Phuket Town will not be held this year due to the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October last year.

Thai man, 24, hospitalised in Phuket after receiving electric shock from signboard

PHUKET: A 24-year-old Thai man was hospitalised today after receiving an electric shock from a signboard he was instaling at a beauty salon in Kamala.

Phuket Students pay respect to their teachers on national Wai Kru Day

PHUKET: Today (June 15) is Thailand?s national Wai Kru Day ? a day when students formally pay respect to their teachers.

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