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Phuket’s notorious Nui Beach club finally torn down

Phuket’s notorious Nui Beach club finally torn down

PHUKET: The notorious illegal beach club at Nui Beach in Karon, where tourists for years were extorted entry fees and even threatened with violence, has been torn down by officials for illegally occupying state forest land.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 10 July 2020, 10:53AM

More than 100 officers descended on the site yesterday (July 9), bolstered by security personnel from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command and led by the Phuket branch of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

Isoc, which has a branch in every province in the country, serves as the political arm of the Thai military.

Police support present was provided by Phuket Provincial Police, Border Patrol Police 425 and Karon Police Station. Also present were officials from provincial and local government offices and agencies.

The enforced raid team was present to support Phuket and regional forestry officials to execute an official order served in June last year.

The order instructed the illegal occupiers of the land to remove any structures built illegally at the site. The lack of any action to do so empowered officers to enter the site and remove the structures themselves.

The area reclaimed covered ​​8-2-70 rai (8 rai 2 ngan 70 talang wah) at ​​Nui Beach, officially recorded as along Soi Laem Mook, outside of Village No. 5, Karon Subdistrict.

The offenders were taken to Karon Police Station for prosecution for illegally encroaching ons state forest land within the Nakkerd National Forest Reserve, the report noted.

Specifically named as an offender was Kittiphop “Singha” Pengkaew.

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Efforts to tear down the beach club began in February 2015, after complaints from local people that staff of the Nui Bay Member Club had barred them from walking to the beach unless they paid a fee, and had fired shots to threaten them.

As a Navy-led team of officers arrived to investigate the incident, Jakkapong Sawadtawee, 30, a member of the club staff, tried to get away in his car. Navy personnel chased him down and forced him to stop.

In his car they found the Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and the gear for smoking ice. Another 20 staff were lined up, ordered to write down their names and were given a drugs test.

A second raid in May that year ensued after it had been confirmed that the land document issued for the site at the beach was illegally issued, and that a beach club built on it was therefore illegal, too

The beach club was ordered to be demolished in July 2015 following violent threats from its operators towards people who tried to access the beach without paying. Inspections revealed that the structures had been illegally built on sand. However, the demolition never happened and was never enforced.

A high-level investigation last year into several areas of encroachment onto Royal Forest Department land saw the move to free Nui Beach from its illegal occupiers gain momentum.

Of note, the investigation last year also included illegal operations at Freedom Beach.

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Kurt | 13 July 2020 - 11:23:53

A Thai Official 'alone' has no 'image respect'. Comes with back up in numbers to feel safe., even when not needed, but they all are trained in standing/staring-job. Even for a 1 man job they come at least with 2 or 3. It is a cultural setting. Over staffed is a big problem here, it slows processes down, needs more co-ordination, something what needs large group meeting sessions.

JohnC | 13 July 2020 - 08:27:51

{More than 100 officers descended on the site yesterday (July 9), bolstered by security personnel from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command and led by the Phuket branch of the Internal Security Operations Command.}  All this just to knock down some illegal buildings?? You would think it was a major terrorism or drugs related incident with so many officers sent. What were they expecting? A war?

Timothy | 11 July 2020 - 09:10:12

Over the past few years many restaurants and bars have been demolished on Layan/Lapang. Of course they all just pop back up like magic. Now there are more than ever before. Never a mention of charging the people involved, because people involved are most likely in the local o bor tor. Rotten to the core. 

CaptainJack69 | 10 July 2020 - 18:35:42

Errr... well done? For doing your jobs? For doing what you were ordered to do 5 years ago? TIT indeed.

Kurt | 10 July 2020 - 18:02:04

"Was ordered 5 years ago"!
A 5 year proof of unwillingness/incompetence/corruption of relevant 'responsible' Officials. A great example what is wrong, law executive wise in Thailand. And why things here not change for the better for most thai people who not sit behind the money buttons. Even with a small uncomplicated project only

Nasa12 | 10 July 2020 - 14:04:14

Great, and the next ate the illegal building between Ao Sane and Nai Harn beach. 

Andy | 10 July 2020 - 13:50:03

Only took 5 years.
Will they be back before high season (if there is one) for another 5 year run.


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