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Police on look out for illegal loggers in Panwa

Police on look out for illegal loggers in Panwa

PHUKET: Government officials are investigating complaints from residents in Cape Panwa regarding the illegal felling of mangrove trees in their neighbourhood.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 4 December 2022, 11:21AM


Several complaints were made via social media channels which prompted Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew to send a special operations group to inspect the area in Wichit yesterday (Dec 3).

The group, led by Akara Suwattikul from the Phuket Provincial Protection agency, discovered an area where many trees had been illegally removed.

Mr Akara was joined at the site at Tang Khen Bay by officers from the Phuket Mangrove Resource Management Center and the Forest Protection and Preservation Division, Royal Thai Police officers and the local village chief from Ban Laem Panwa who were tasked with investigating the residents’ complaints further.

After questioning several local residents it was revealed that there was a group of 3-4 people who had been cutting down the trees on Nov 26 around 5pm. The trees were predominantly a species of Samae Talay wood.

Statements from local residents and the village chief were taken by investigating officers from Wichit Police Station in regards to the offenders profiles and while nobody was immediately identified, Governor Narong has urged that the perpretrators are identified and brought to justice as soon as possible.

Officers also urged anyone who sees illegal logging activity to report it immediately to police so they can investigate the matter.

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Kurt | 06 December 2022 - 08:26:56

Pascale, there are no 'funny' questions when it comes to illegal logging. Fact is, officials of overstaffed depts should be more in the field instead of hand/armchair sitting in offices. You only see them on photos, staring at places of logging crimes after the damage is done. Prevention is not in their vocabulaire.

Pascale | 05 December 2022 - 13:22:00

@John C   How are you supposed to identify illegal logging ? Funny question given all your experience regarding Phuket/Thailand. Anyway,when in doubt ask Kurt.

Kurt | 05 December 2022 - 10:42:51

JohnC, with 2 questions you have a point. Phuket a small place, many overstaffed departments. They know what illegal is going on. Fact is,when reporting, one doesn't know or he reports to a corrupt Official who is partly 'covering up' illegal doings, and receives bribes, or to a law respecting Official. People, sure the 'underpriveliged', prefer not get involved.

JohnC | 05 December 2022 - 09:30:22

How are we supposed to identify whether logging operations we may see are illegal or actually sanctioned by the authorities?

 

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