Police preparing cases against after-hours Phuket bars

Police preparing cases against after-hours Phuket bars

Phuket governor Narong Woonciew.
Phuket governor Narong Woonciew.

PHUKET: Police are preparing cases against entertainment venues at a hotel in Patong area alleged by a lawyer to have remained open after legal hours, governor Narong Woonciew said on Monday.

Lawyer Sitra Biabangkerd on Saturday posted a 3-minute video on his Facebook page saying he had received complaints from Phuket residents that the Patong Bay Hill Resort Hotel had kept its entertainment spots open after 11pm, the legal closing time. They were annoyed by the noise.

He questioned why the Phuket police chief had not enforced the law and instead turned a blind eye to this violation of Covid-19 rules.

Mr Sitra's Facebook post led to the transfer of the five top police officers at Patong to the operations centre at provincial police headquarters, pending an investigation.

Asked whether the hotel involved would be ordered closed, Mr Narong said he had assigned his deputy Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam to look into the matter. The court's decision in the cases against the entertainment venues at the hotel would be taken into consideration, Mr Narong added.

The governor also said representatives of the private sector in Phuket had proposed that the Patong area be declared a special zone, where opening and closing times of businesses were different from other areas.

The proposal would be considered at a policy-making level, Mr Narong said.

He made no mention of the police transfers.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (15)

Giant killers

Thailand shocks powerful Dominican Republic to close out first round of world women's volleyball championship with four wins and just one loss.

1 Oct 2022

‘Phenomenal’ Arsenal sink 10-man Spurs

LONDON: Mikel Arteta insisted Arsenal proved their credentials as genuine Premier League title contenders with an impressive 3-1 win over 10-man Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.

1 Oct 2022

Business chiefs unite for green future

The CEOs of five of Thailand’s leading businesses have stressed the need for companies of all sizes to contribute more to environmental protection, saying it is now the norm in development and sustainability practice.

1 Oct 2022