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Phuket Beach Breach: Workers Arrested at Restaurant South of Patong

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
PHUKET: Construction workers on an illegal restaurant and bungalow being erected on Phuket's Tritrang beach have been arrested and a warrant has been issued for the apprehension of the ''owner.''

The Chief of Phuket Marine Office 5, Phuripat Theerakulpisut, led police from Patong to make the arrests at the beach, south of Patong, yesterday morning.

About 10 Burmese were held at the scene, where the beach sands have been built up to construct a building that Khun Phuripat reckoned to be 900 square metres.

''The construction was clearly breaking the law,'' said Khun Phuripat, whose authority at sea continues on land up to the high water mark. He is known to have a keen interest in environmental breaches on Phuket.

''I reckon the illegal activity has caused about 9.7 million baht's worth of damage,'' he said.

Officers from Kathu Police Station, which oversees the Patong region on Phuket's holiday west coast, are now looking for the alleged ''owner,'' named as Yutthana Tamchoo.

Other suspicious constructions above the high water mark at Tritrang beach have so far survived claims of official corruption.

The Marine Office 5 telephone number is 076 391174. Khun Phuripat speaks good English.

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Khun Phuripat, please GO GO GO for it. Good job and let's hope no more double standards apply.

Posted by cekipa on June 12, 2012 13:03

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I feel sorry for the Burmese workers. They are just sent to whatever job site the supervisor says to go to. Let's hope they aren't in jail for too long.

Posted by GiantFan on June 12, 2012 16:36

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I just wonder how long the activity has been going on to create "about 9.7 million baht's worth of damage". Nobody has seen the beginning of the construction? Sorry, I can't imagine that.

Good luck to Khun Phuripat! Now - if there was an email address to send pictures of questionable projects to...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 12, 2012 17:24

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positive news and most refreshing though odd getting to foundation footings stage before police pounced,
evident long prior they wernt building a sand castle.

Posted by traveller on June 12, 2012 21:59


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