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Phuket Opinion: Anti-corruption claims adding insult to injury

For Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan to recently declare that there are no corrupt officials on the island must have come as quite an insult to those who have lived in Phuket for any length of time.


Officials move to reclaim 42 rai of Phuket mangroves

PHUKET: Officials from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) inspected an illegal shrimp farm in Pa Khlok earlier today (Feb 25) after receiving reports about land encroachment.


Two motorists face charges for road rage incident in Phuket

PHUKET: Police summoned two men to be charged with reckless driving following a road rage incident in Kamala yesterday (Feb 24).


Sleeping Phuket taxi driver legal, official confirms

PHUKET: Officials have confirmed that the driver of a Phuket taxi who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the pillar of a pedestrian footbridge on Thepkrasattri Rd on Monday morning, injuring himself and his two Chinese tourist passengers, was not the registered owner of the vehicle but was legally driving the vehicle.


Phuket court sets June date for Aussie tourist Keating?s trial

PHUKET: Fears have been raised that Australian tourist Thomas Keating will be stuck in Thailand for a further four months until the Phuket Provincial Court hears the evidence against him at a court hearing scheduled for June.


Brit, 52, arrested for theft in Phuket

PHUKET: A 52-year-old British man is currently being held at Phuket Provincial Court where he is awaiting trial after being arrested for theft.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Drunk driving cop, BBC reporter, 8-month abortion || February 24

PHUKET XTRA - February 24 Karon to stay late too? BBC reporter faces 5 years in jail, 17-year-old aborts her baby, drunk-driving Phang Nga cop, Phi Phi park chief wants to go, and biker gang push-ups.


Thai man, 96, found hanged in Phuket property

PHUKET: A 96-year-old Thai man was found at his home in Thalang last night. His wife believes that health issues finally got too much for the man.


French tourist in ICU in Bangkok following deadly Krabi crash

PHUKET: An 18-year-old French tourist injured in an accident in Krabi last Wednesday (Feb 15) which left a mother, daughter and taxi driver dead has been transferred to a hospital in Bangkok where he is being treated for a brain haemorrhage.


BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

PHUKET: A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.


Phuket sea gypsies stave off court-approved demolitions

PHUKET: More than 200 sea gypsies massed in front of a task force of about 50 officials, including police and civil defense volunteers, today (Feb 23) to prevent the Supreme Court-approved demolition of two ramshackle homes made of tin.


Amnesty brings 1,000 illegal Phuket hotels into the fold

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan yesterday (Feb 22) revealed that the amnesty for businesses that had previously been illegally offering tourist property rentals for periods of less than 30 days has encouraged more than 1,000 such venues to register their intention to become legal hotels.


Phi Phi park chief seeks transfer after protest

PHUKET: The chief of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has requested a transfer to another position after a protest by passenger boat operators against the high entry fee levied on foreign tourists.


Phuket readies to celebrate Heroines Festival

PHUKET: The two-week Thao Thepkassatri and Thao Srisoonthon Festival will return from March 4-18, celebrating the defeat of Burmese marauders attempting to take Phuket in 1785.


Drunk driving Phang Nga policeman fined B25,000, given 2 year suspended sentence

PHUKET: The chief of the Phang Nga City Police has confirmed today that the police officer charged with drunk driving in September last year was fined B25,000 and given a two-year suspended sentence.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Jail time for feeding fish, shot in head, horrific school fire || Feb. 23

Phuket Xtra - February 23 2 days in cell for feeding fish, families of dead 19 girls to sue, Phuket corruption investigations, temple drama continues with police search and Phuket man shot in the head.


Phuket Governor looks to extend nightlife closing times at Karon Beach

PHUKET: Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has set his sights on extending nightlife trading times for entertainment venues along Taina Rd in Karon, he revealed at a press conference at Provincial Hall yesterday (Feb 22).


Unidentified male dead after motorbike crash in Phuket

PHUKET: A man, who police have yet been unable to formally identify, died yesterday night following a motorbike accident Koh Siray.


Phuket corruption probe underway

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has confirmed that investigations into Phuket officials for corruption are underway.


Migrant worker found hanged, with hands and feet loosely bound

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a migrant worker who was found hanged in the doorway of his shack at a workers? camp in Srisoonthorn this morning (Feb 22).


Russian tourist borrows B100k to post bail for feeding fish off Phuket

PHUKET: The 53-year-old Russian woman who spent two nights in police lockup after she was caught feeding bread to fish Racha Yai Island, south of Phuket, has been released on B100,000 bail paid for a by a ?friend?.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Best Asian restaurant, through the roof, tourist SIM cards || Feb. 22

Phuket Xtra - February 22 Thailand home to best restaurant in Asia! German falls through noodle shop roof, no mandatory SIM cards, Supreme Council joins search of temple, Thai media law, and Nai Harn repairs.


Man shot in head in heart of Phuket Town

PHUKET: Police are trying to track down the assailant who shot a man in the head in a quiet street in Phuket Town early this morning (Feb 22).


Two months, B1.3mn budget to repair collapsed Phuket bridge, say officials

PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News today that it will take at least two months to fix a collapsed bridge at Naiharn lake. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes while the work is being carried out.


Phuket police searching for suspected drunk Russians for ditching rental car

PHUKET: Police are looking for two foreign men, believed to be Russians, who abandoned a rental car in a roadside ditch near Promthep Cape yesterday (Feb 20).


Thai man, 67, dead following collision with foreign big biker

PHUKET: A 67-year-old Thai man died yesterday following a collision with a foreign big bike rider in Nai Yang.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Woman set on fire, lucky getaway, monks scuffle || February 21

PHUKET XTRA - February 21 Man sets ex-wife on fire, jumping away from runaway bus, monks and cops scuffle again, Thailand WORST traffic in the world, jail for feeding fish, and massive drug busts.


Police hunt Phuket man for setting ex-wife on fire

PHUKET: Police are hunting the ex-husband of a kindergarten cleaner who he set on fire in a jealously -fuelled attack yesterday (Feb 20).


German tourist plunges eight stories from Phuket hotel roof

PHUKET: Police are investigating a German tourist falling eight stories from the roof of the small hotel where he was staying in Patong yesterday evening (Feb 20), sustaining serious injuries as he slammed into a noodle stall below.


Phuket taxi driver falls asleep at wheel, injures himself and Chinese passengers

PHUKET: The driver of a Phuket taxi and his two Chinese passengers were injured today when he fell asleep at the wheel causing him to crash into the pillar of a footbridge on Thepkrasatri Rd.


Police check CCTV, confirm Chinese tourist drowned in Phuket resort pool

PHUKET: An officer from Patong Police has confirmed with The Phuket News today that after checking CCTV footage from the C & N Resort and Spa in Patong they can confirm that the 21-year-old Chinese tourist found floating in the pool there did die from drowning.


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

PHUKET: A 53-year-old female Russian tourist has been arrested after being caught feeding fish at Plub Pla Bay on Koh Racha Yai Island yesterday.


Phuket tourists flee as power cables catch fire

PHUKET: Power cables ablaze overhead on a busy road in Kata sent tourists scurrying for cover yesterday evening (Feb 19).


Collapsed concrete partition wall leaves Portuguese man hospitalised in Phuket

PHUKET: A 56-year-old Portuguese man sustained an injury to his leg yesterday when a concrete partition wall in his property collapsed on top of him.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: ASEAN World Cup? Monks and police clash, power plant protests || Feb. 20

PHUKET XTRA - February 20 Monks and police clash, ASEAN World Cup? Power plant protests brings change, Phuket traffic cameras and 200,000 baht drug bust.


Collision with two cars leaves Phuket motorcyclist, 63, dead

PHUKET: A 63-year-old Thai man died yesterday after an accident which saw him collide with two cars on Thepkrasattri Rd.


Phuket jet-ski crash: Aussie tourist Keating attends court to acknowledge charges

PHUKET: Karon Police have confirmed to The Phuket News today that Australian tourist Thomas Keating attended Phuket Provincial Court on Friday to acknowledge his charge of reckless driving causing death for the jet-ski accident that killed his girlfriend of two years, Emily Collie.


Chinese tourist, 35, dies when snorkelling off Phuket

PHUKET: A 35-year-old male Chinese tourist died yesterday when he was snorkelling off Natai Beach in Phuket?s neighbouring Phang Nga province.


Police arrest Krabi power plant protest leaders

BANGKOK: Authorities have detained five leaders of a group protesting outside Government House against a coal-fired power plant in Krabi.


Phuket Opinion: The Bangla ballet

PHUKET: The recent police crackdown on Patong?s bars, particularly those in the nightlife hub of Bangla Rd, has seen police enforcing the law which says all nightlife venues must close at midnight, or at 1am if they are inside the designated ?entertainment zone?.


Phuket police seize 1,300 meth pills on bus from Malaysian border

PHUKET: Police conducting a random check on a bus arriving in Phuket from Su-ngai Kolok on the Malaysian border Narathiwat yesterday evening (Feb 17) seized 1,398* methamphetamine (ya bah) pills heading onto the island.


Phuket NACC ordered to probe corruption

PHUKET: National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Secretary-General Sansern Poljeak has ordered the NACC Phuket office to investigate eight areas of alleged corruption as identified by Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan this week.


Phuket expat calls for help to curtail Rawai petty crime spree

PHUKET: An expat in Rawai is appealing to the public for help in apprehending a thief who broke into his home and stole B3,000 while his wife and 6-month-old baby were still sleeping in the bedroom.


Phuket tourists rescued after speedboat slams submerged mooring block

PHUKET: A total of 44 Italian and French passengers departing Phuket were rescued from a sinking speedboat after the boat slammed into a concrete mooring block 500 meters from shore off Koh Siray yesterday morning (Feb 17).


Krabi coal-fired power plant gets go-ahead

BANGKOK: The government decided on Friday (Feb 17) to proceed with a planned 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the southern province of Krabi, overriding vigorous and widespread objections.


Diesel-carrying cargo ship sinks off Phuket

PHUKET: A cargo ship carrying 5,000 litres of diesel and food sank off Koh Kheaw (Green Island) yesterday, all people on board were rescued and no injuries were reported.


Phuket to launch 3R project on solid waste

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan has announced that a project is to be launched in a bid to help resolve the island?s ever-growing solid waste problem.


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Jungle cats, temple raid, holiday tragedy || February 17

PHUKET XTRA- February 17 Temple raid fails AGAIN, rare jungle cats emerge after 40 years! Driver in horrible holiday tragedy charged, trillions from tourism, and Patongs 4am Bangla Road.


Phuket?s red light cameras now in operation

PHUKET: Red light cameras at five of the island?s main traffic junctions were put into operation yesterday to catch drivers who break traffic laws.


Six Thais, foreigner arrested in Phuket for possession of drugs, guns and ammunition

PHUKET: Police arrested six Thai men and one foreign man on Tuesday and Wednesday when they were found to be in possession of a variety of drugs, firearms and ammunition. The arrests came as police continue with their ongoing anti-drug and crime campaign.