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Angry residents protest outside Kamala Police Station tonight

Phuket Residents Surround Police Station, Officer Fires Shot

Thursday, January 24, 2013
PHUKET: Police fired a shot in the air as about 200 residents surrounded Kamala Police Station tonight.

The crowd was anxious to learn the identity of a youth nabbed hours earlier when Kamala residents staged a citizen's arrest about 8.30pm.

But police, looking at the crowd, feared violence and fired a shot in the air. The crowd made angry objections and were still creating a noisy scene outside the police station at 10pm.

The Superintendent of Kamala Police Station, Colonel Patthajatz Jakkaphan, was about to catch a flight to Bangkok when he heard about the incident.

He cancelled the trip and headed back, requesting the telephone number of the governor.

As in many parts of Phuket, the residents of Kamala have become part of the ''1000 Eyes of the Pineapple'' campaign designed to improve safety and security.

An 18-year-old from Cherng Talay was spotted attempting to steal from passersby outside The Club. Residents surrounded him and made a citizen's arrest.

Some damage may have occurred in the process - the 18-year-old was taken from Kamala Police Station to Patong Hospital for treatment to injuries inflicted by the angry residents.

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Where does a shot in the air land?

Posted by mikey on January 24, 2013 22:45

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The only place where i got my sadle on the bike cut up was at the kamala market. Some angry people over the hill for sure.Oh, sorry i forgot once i forgot to pay 20 bath to the parkingguys at soi sansabai. Got back and of course a knifecut in the sadlle which is the way they handle the business. Standing as a mob outside a policestation or take the law in there own hands. Welcome to the new Patong.

Posted by One Expat 13 years on January 24, 2013 23:24

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Well if the police are frightened by mob violence into firing guns into the air, what sort of message does that send to everyone else?

With every passing week, you are having to report more & more gun incidents of varying degrees. Good that you report them, but a bad reflection on the island of Phuket. It appears that a fair percentage of these incidents involve expats with guns & the willingness to use them. I wonder what is causing this trend? It was virtually unheard of 10-15 years ago.

Posted by Logic on January 26, 2013 14:14


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