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Phuket Police raid bars in Patong

PHUKET: After bars in Patong had been selling alcohol to visitors for over a month, police have moved in to start charging venue operators for breach of the provincial order banning the sale of alcohol.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 22 September 2021, 06:21PM


The move flies in the face of the tacit permission granted by the Patong Police and Patong Municipality, with bars along Bangla Rd open and selling alcohol.

It also comes more than a week after Weerawit Kreuasombat, President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), publicly admitted that some bars were breaking the provincial order ‒ but with tacit permission from the Patong Police and Patong Municipality.

According to a report released by Phuket Provincial Police this afternoon (Sept 22), all police stations in the area have now been ordered to “strictly inspect, control and supervise various places in accordance with the measures ordered by Phuket Province [the provincial government] according to Phuket Provincial Order No. 5409/2564, regarding the measures to close the place or prohibit activities that are at risk of spreading the disease [COVID-10] in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act 2015, Sections 34(6), 51”.

As such, officers from the Patong Police, under orders by Patong Police Chief Col Sujin Nilabordi, raided the Sweetie Bar on Bangla Rd at 10:10pm on Monday night (Sept 20), said the report.

Also according to the report, officers “had learned from the news that [the bar] was secretly selling alcoholic beverages to tourists”. Apparently Patong Police officers had no idea this was happening on Bangla Rd until a news report was published.

Therefore, Col Sujin ordered Patong Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Panu Siripokhapat to lead five other officers to raid the bar, said the report.

The bar was found to be selling alcohol to patrons, and the operator is now to be charged for breach "distributing liquor or alcoholic beverages in violation of the Phuket Provincial Order 5409/2564 regarding the measures to close the venue or prohibiting activities that are dangerous", said the report.

Of note, according to the report, no other venues were inspected on Monday night.

Last night, however, Col Sujin “learned from the news” that another bar, the Twenty One bar on Nanai Rd, was secretly “selling alcohol to “tourists”, the report continued.

This time Lt Col Detnarong Buakaew, also a Deputy Chief at Patong Police Station, along with four other police officials inspected the bar at 9:45pm.

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Officers found the venue to be in breach of the provincial order and the operator was also charged with illegally selling alcohol.

Apparently Col Sujin last night also “learned from the news” that Harry’s Restaurant had been illegally selling alcoholic beverages to tourists, the report noted.

Lt Col Detnarong and his four accompanying officers inspected the venue and found it in breach of the provincial order.

As with Sweetie Bar and Tweny One bar, the operator was also charged with illegally selling alcohol.

According to the report, Pol Maj Gen Saksira Phuak-am, a Deputy Commander of the Region 8 Police, and currently acting as Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, has instructed police in all areas in Phuket to increase “rigorous inspections of establishments to strictly prevent violations of communicable disease prevention measures and ask for cooperation from the people”.

The Provincial Police asked people to report “any wrongdoing: by calling the police national hotline 191.

Of note, the report made no mention of the bars breaking any laws by being open. The charges were only for selling alcohol.

All bars and other entertainment venues have been ordered to remain closed by a nationwide ban ordered from Bangkok.

In Phuket, all bars and other entertainment venues were ordered to close in April and have not been allowed to reopen since.

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Taswegian | 26 September 2021 - 06:31:01

BTW, Is Sweeties run by Christy Sweet?

DeKaaskopp | 25 September 2021 - 12:33:08

@leleconjo  What a fool you are to think that all the bar owner come from rich familys.

lelecuneo | 25 September 2021 - 10:00:53

and BTW... it seems i am the bad one here but those guys that i mention are rich greedy families that disrespect the law at all level.. so you make up your mind.. who right and who is wrong... poor you guys

lelecuneo | 25 September 2021 - 09:58:41

oh i have many more to come guys..dont worry...one uppon at the time...LOL... since the police learn from the press this is really fun now hahahaha

Taswegian | 24 September 2021 - 12:20:49

Australia looks like forming a travel bubble with Singapore, so it will be easier to go there than back to Phuket. Perhaps when entry requirements ease and lelecuneo drops his vendetta against Baan Laimai I will reconsider coming back!

maverick | 24 September 2021 - 10:46:33

Lelecueno@ time you called the hot line again put and end to all this fun maybe propose an alcohol ban as well 

lelecuneo | 24 September 2021 - 09:07:21

why they dont check the following: Ban Laimai, Coco Copper, or the owner of those 2 are too high up in the municipality?? plus yes this is the most absurb article ever...lol...police leanr from the news? really? WTF... pls bring the army now and clear the.... [edited]

kiwiian | 23 September 2021 - 10:54:08

WTF is going on in this country? It's not the bars being open and selling alcohol that's responsible for the spread of Covid-19. It's the governments pathetic vaccination policy for one and the mostly immigrant construction workers living so close together in tin shed barracks. The constant arresting of people at 'private parties' and even imposing jail sentences this is absolu...

JohnC | 23 September 2021 - 08:51:01

"Apparently Patong Police officers had no idea this was happening on Bangla Rd until a news report was published". Now is there anybody here who actually believes that ststement?  More likely those bars refused to pay the outrageous bribes demanded by the RTP to look the other way so they decided to teach them a lesson.

DFPhuket | 23 September 2021 - 08:45:48

I counted 15 bars open on Bangla and saw police were stationed at each end of Bangla. It's *shocking* they didn't check whether the paper cups in the other 14 bars had alcohol. 

Madeinswiss | 23 September 2021 - 01:50:26

Please dont forget to give a good tip. 

Kurt | 23 September 2021 - 00:39:22

@ Maverick, don't be silly, the Patong RTP 'money intelligence group' is so well informed about bar going-on's, it doesn't need a tip off. They just draw 3 unlucky bars to be raided to safe face,, and leave the rest of the bars undisturbed. For a higher protection fee, of course, to make up what they miss in earnings of the 3 bars. The idea that Patong RTP doesn't know what...

Capricornball | 22 September 2021 - 23:27:45

Jeez, what a load of crap. Any buffoon driving by knows that alcohol is being sold...all over the island actually. More blatant lies by the police...absolutely "0" credibility. I'm also guessing that the bars "visited" haven't been filling their envelopes. Once again, the RTP is a root cause of all the ills facing Thailand, in this case, the spiraling increase in covid ...

Manneken pis | 22 September 2021 - 23:11:49

What a joke. Bigger bars on Bangla openly selling. I guess these ones forgot to pay

maverick | 22 September 2021 - 23:08:45

Somebody on this forum clearly tipped them off - shame on on you Lelecueno :-)

DeKaaskopp | 22 September 2021 - 20:49:37

So the police who charge the bar owner a higher price for turning a blind eye on selling alcohol raiding bars now. All this nonsense would not be necessary if those idiots in charge like CCSA would wake up finally. 

 

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