PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Tourist Police has branded allegations that three of his officers extorted 20,000 baht from an Italian man in Patong as a “big misunderstanding”.

The news follows protesters staging a blockade of the Patong beach road last weekend after word of the shakedown spread through the resort town.

“The case will not be pursued because a complaint was not filed,” Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Urumporn Koondejsumrit told the Phuket Gazette.