Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Tourist Police Announce Results of a Crime Crackdown, 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 differ 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 Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, April 24th, 2023, to Sunday, April 30th, 2023.

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

  1. Six people were injured after a small bus full of foreign tourists crashed at a curve in Wichit, Mueang Phuket.

The bus driver said he used a GPS navigator on his mobile phone before losing control at a curve. He claimed he was unfamiliar with the area.

2. An Australian man was found hanged in a cell room at the Patong Police Station in Phuket.

CCTV footage nearby clearly shows he hanged himself without anyone else involved, say Patong Police.

3. A Russian language teacher jumped to his death from a parking building at a department store in Phuket.

CCTV footage at the building shows that the Russian national was walking on the 5th floor of the parking building alone before suddenly jumping down to the ground.

4. Phuket officials have confirmed that there is NO tsunami warning after a warning sound came from tsunami warning towers in Kamala and Cherng Talay at the same time as an earthquake on Sumatra Island in Indonesia.

Relevant officials have confirmed that tsunami sirens have not malfunctioned after a warning sound came from tsunami warning towers in Kamala, Karon, and Cherng Talay in the middle of the night on April 27th, 2023.

5. The Phuket Tourist Police have announced the results of a recent tourism crime crackdown.

The results of the recent crackdown involved 258 suspects (Thais and foreigners).

That’s 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.