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Phuket police claim more than 3,000 venue raids conducted, 27 arrests

Phuket police claim more than 3,000 venue raids conducted, 27 arrests

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police has released a report claiming that officers have carried out more than 3,000 venue inspections since Nov 1, resulting in 32 arrests for breaking the provincial order regulating the sale of alcohol and COVID regulations prohibiting staff from having close contact with customers.

By The Phuket News

Monday 6 December 2021, 10:28AM

The report marked that on Saturday alone (Dec 4), officers conducted 142 inspections of venues, resulting in four arrests: one in Muang District, two in Kamala and one in Wichit.

The report marked that the inspections and arrests were conducted specifically to enforce Phuket Provincial Order No. 7188/2564, “regarding measures to close the place or prohibit activities that are at risk of spreading disease” (COVID-19) and Phuket Provincial Order No. 7585/2564, which regulates the sale and consumption of alcohol across the island.

Under the provincial order which came into effect on Nov 16, restaurants and other “eateries” ‒ that is, any venue with a permit to serve food, and if the venue also has a permit to sell alcohol ‒ may serve alcohol from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 11pm only.

The subsequent revised order that came into effect on Nov 27 repeated the restricted alcohol serving times, but allowed for alcohol to be sold all night on New Year’s Eve.

The report by Phuket Provincial Police, issued on Saturday (Dec 4), noted that the provisions enforced in the campaign included those mandating that dancing remained prohibited, and that contact between singers, musicians and other performers with customers, or having performers sitting with customers, also remained prohibited.

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The report marked that officers had inspected 3,760 venues from Nov 1 through Dec 4, resulting in police bringing charges against 32 people in 28 cases.

One of the cases involved gambling, in which three people were arrested at a venue in Patong, the report noted.

The remaining 27 cases and subsequent arrests were given as follows:

  • Muang Phuket: 13 cases, 14 people arrested
  • Chalong: 1 case, 1 person arrested
  • Wichit: 2 cases, 2 people arrested
  • Patong: 6 cases, 6 people arrested
  • Thalang: 1 case, 1 person arrested
  • Kamala: 3 cases, 3 people arrested
  • Kathu: 1 case, 2 people arrested

Police did not name any of the venues caught breaking the COVID regulations, or name any of the people arrested, and photos of venues raided had their names obscured.

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Timothy | 09 December 2021 - 11:13:48

They are well practiced at visiting local businesses to collect their tea money. They know exactly where they all are and who to collect from. 
Amazingly efficient in this process. 

JohnC | 09 December 2021 - 08:44:38

Smoke and mirrors. Look at us bosses in Bangkok, we are doing a great job down here making it appear we are doing our job and stopping everybody having any fun!

Kurt | 06 December 2021 - 17:46:46

3760 inspections in 34 days, about 110 per day. Who believes that? And only 27 case violators? Who believes that. It looks more like a warning excersise to keep tea money flow going. 

Foot | 06 December 2021 - 15:40:58

Wow! A 1% arrest rate. What was the percentage of presenting "tea money?"  Go use of the police time since they don't do any traffic law enforcement. Any attempted murders of Thai noodle vendors by them?

Capricornball | 06 December 2021 - 14:59:34

Ha!...6 venues in Patong, which indicates nothing other than the fact that Patong establishments have a great working arrangement with the police...the exception being the 6 that were "raided".  This "news releases" by our hard working and valiant police is seen as nothing but rubbish by 99.9% or people living here. Does the RTP actually think people believe anything they have ...

lelecuneo | 06 December 2021 - 13:51:48

oh dear... what a bunch of rubbish written here 


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