Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: German and New Zealander arrested with gun, bullets and grenades, and more

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket, from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in the Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, November 7th, 2022, to Sunday, November 13th, 2022.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. A 63-year-old New Zealand expat has been arrested in Phuket with 26 guns, 11 grenades, and many bullets.He was previously legally employed as an engineer at drilling barges in the sea in the southern part of Thailand. He stayed legally in Thailand with a retirement visa until November 2022 and had not been on any blacklist or watchlist and no prior legal issues in Thailand.
  2. Phuket local organizations held the Loy Krathong festival with many people joining in the festivals.

People gathered at waterways to float their candle-lit Krathong to float away any negativity and misfortune away on their Krathong as well as to apologize to the Goddess of Water for spilling waste throughout the year.

3. The abandoned building on Phuket Bypass Road demolishment has been completed. The Bypass Road lane has now opened.

The Phuket City Traffic Police reports at 12:30 P.M. on November 9th that the Bypass road northbound lane is now opened to traffic as normal.

4. Russian tourists have hit the top of Phuket visitors in the past ten days.

Phuket Immigration at the Phuket International Airport reported the current arrival statistics from November 1st to November 10th, 2022 that Russian nationals are leading with 18,370 visitors.

5. An overstaying German and a Thai woman were arrested with a gun, bullets, parts of guns, gun powder, and drugs at a house in Patong.

Mr. Mateas and Mrs. Rat are facing charges of illegal possession for a firearm and ammunition and illegal possession of a Category 1 drug. Mr. Mateas is facing additional charges with overstaying.

That is all for this week, as always thanks for your support!


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.