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  • Phuket Police seek arrest warrants for suspects in alleged kidnapping of Russians

    Phuket Police seek arrest warrants for suspects in alleged kidnapping of Russians

    PHUKET: Phuket Police are seeking arrest warrants for the two prime suspects involved in the alleged kidnapping of a Russian couple. The woman, Iana Strizheus, 22, was badly injured and in shock when she was found by a maid at the Blue Garden Resort and Spa at about 6pm on Sunday.

  • Phuket aims for 729-million-baht biofuel production facility

    Phuket aims for 729-million-baht biofuel production facility

    PHUKET: The island may be in for a cleaner and greener future as Phuket officials plan to request 729 million baht to build a biofuel production facility. “Organic waste from the entire province will be sent to the plant. It will be processed and turned into biofuel and the leftover matter subsequently turned into compost,” said Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) President Paiboon Upatising at the final public Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) hearing on Friday.

  • Formal charges against Phuket protest leaders delayed

    Formal charges against Phuket protest leaders delayed

    PHUKET: Police delayed pressing formal charges today against five Phuket protest leaders for obstructing the February 2 national election and obstructing law enforcement officers. The five – Suratin Lian-udom, Sompop Konkeaw, Chartchai Chuachit, Saman Krohlek and Sanya Srimuang– were scheduled to appear at Thalang Police Station at 10am to witness the handing over of the case files to the Phuket Public Prosecutor.

  • Tourism Minister targets Phuket’s stolen passport trade

    Tourism Minister targets Phuket’s stolen passport trade

    PHUKET: Recent news of the stolen passports trade in Phuket and the recently found Russian kidnap victim prompted a visit from Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister to the island yesterday to meet with officials and get to the bottom of the issues. “I came to Phuket to follow up on the cases concerning the stolen passports used to board missing Flight MH370 and the Russians that were reported kidnapped,” said Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak.

  • Phuket police connect two local expats to Russian missing persons case

    Phuket police connect two local expats to Russian missing persons case

    PHUKET: Police have identified the two Caucasian men who were seen with “missing” Russian woman Iana Strizheus, found injured and in shock in a hotel room on Sunday. “We are searching for the two men, who work in Phuket. At this time, we can’t reveal their names without jeopardizing the case,” Phuket’s top cop Ong-art Phiwruangnont said at a press conference last night.

  • Phuket Drive Thru: Woman blames car for surging into 7-Eleven

    Phuket Drive Thru: Woman blames car for surging into 7-Eleven

    PHUKET: A woman parking her car outside a 7-Eleven in Phuket Town this afternoon ended up inside the store when the vehicle suddenly surged forward, injuring a 12-year-old girl in the process. Orathai Kaikong, 31, had pulled into a gas station on Phun Pol Road in Phuket Town with her boyfriend to buy snacks. “I was braking while pulling into a parking space, but then the car suddenly raced forward,” she said.

  • Patong elections set for April 26, bringing another weekend alcohol ban

    Patong elections set for April 26, bringing another weekend alcohol ban

    PHUKET: The Patong by-election has been set for Saturday, April 26. After former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin was found guilty of electoral fraud on March 7 (story

  • Phuket’s B120mn road to Freedom Beach inches forward

    Phuket’s B120mn road to Freedom Beach inches forward

    PHUKET: The controversial new road planned to provide access to Freedom Beach, south of Patong, took a step closer to becoming reality as the project passed its third and final public hearing on Friday. About 80 of the 100 participants who joined the hearing, held at the Patong Merlin Hotel, voted to approve the project, rebounding from a 64 per cent approval vote from the 50-plus attendees at the second hearing on October 15 last year (story

  • Phuket national park encroachment investigation in full swing again

    Phuket national park encroachment investigation in full swing again

    PHUKET: The plot thickened in the ongoing investigation into encroachment onto Sirinath Marine National Park yesterday as five former park chiefs were accused of signing documents allowing encroachment. “After reviewing several land titles from owners in the area, we discovered that five chiefs signed their names, making it legal for landowners to build on land that is part of Sirinath National Park,” said Samak Donnapee, Director of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP). The five park chiefs accused – Thanapong Apaiso, Somkiet Soonthornpitakboon, Sukkhee Kamnuanslip, Jaruai Injan and Nontawit Jaturabanthid – worked at the park between 2005 and 2011, but are all now retired, Mr Samak said.

  • Blackout strikes third of island as Phuket sees year’s first rain

    Blackout strikes third of island as Phuket sees year’s first rain

    PHUKET: A blown transformer was responsible for a two-hour blackout in parts of Phuket on Saturday afternoon, said an official at the Phuket Provincial Electrical Authority (PPEA). Electricity shut off in Chalong, Rawai, Kathu, Patong, Kathu and some areas of Phuket Town at about 3pm