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New Wigton market set to open

Plans are almost complete for the launch of Wigton market on Friday 11th March.

Allerdale Borough Council and Wigton Town Council have been working together to build on the monthly produce and craft markets which have been taking place over the past year.

The market will be held every Friday on the recently refurbished Corn Market Area in front of St Mary’s Church, in the Market Hall, with potential plans to extend into the southern end of Water Street car park.

Around 20 stallholders are expected for the first market day.

“It’s going to be great to see a bustling market back in Wigton again, and we’re really pleased to be able to support Allerdale Borough Council and Geraud Markets to get this initiative up and running.”

– Alison Dodd, Clerk, Wigton Town Council

“This council has made a commitment to investing in our town centres to ensure that they thrive and are interesting and welcoming places to be. Wigton has had a market charter since the 1200s and we’re very pleased to be able to launch this new market.

"We know markets are just one way of attracting people to a town and that they add to its atmosphere and appeal so I wish the traders at the new Wigton venture every success.”

– Nik Hardy, Allerdale Borough Council’s Head of Economic Growth

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Former soldiers denied bail in India

It's being reported that former soldiers who were sentenced to five years in an Indian prison, including John Armstrong from Wigton, have been refused bail.

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

The men were reportedly told the court had rejected their application earlier today.

The court said the arguments for bail would only be heard during the main appeal hearing, scheduled for June.

From May 1-31 the courts are closed for summer vacation.

The men's families say they are devastated. They have launched a website to campaign for the men's release, which is being backed by seafarers' charities.

WATCH: sister of Cumbrian jailed in India speaks out

The sister of John Armstrong, who has been sentenced to five years in prison in India, says she was "shocked" by the verdict.

The families of the six British men, who were arrested in 2013 while working as anti-piracy guards, were expecting a 'not guilty' verdict, and the men to be released.

But John's sister, Joanne Thomlinson, says she'll keep on fighting to free him, and is planning an appeal. Greg Hoare went to meet her:

Cumbrian man jailed for five years in India

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

A man from Wigton has been sentenced to five years in an Indian prison.

John Armstrong had been working as an anti-piracy guard in the Indian Ocean, when he and five other British men were intercepted by the Indian Coastguard.

They were interrogated under suspicion of a series of weapons offences, and spent six months in prison, before being granted bail.

Charges against the men were quashed in July 2014, however a court in Tuticorin has now convicted the men, and given them five year jail terms.

The men and their families are reportedly now seeking urgent legal advice.

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Teenager "critical" after road crash

A 16-year-old boy's been airlifted to hospital after a road crash near Wigton in Cumbria.

The teenager was riding a Honda moped when it was in a collision with a Citroen car.

It happened on the B5305 at Sebergham Bridge in Sebergham at 12:45pm yesterday.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with head, arm and chest injuries.

His conditions is said to be critical.

The road was closed for five hours while police dealt with the incident.

The man driving the car and his female passenger weren't injured.

Sister of man trapped in India: "He'll be home for Christmas"

The sister of a Wigton man who's been trapped in India for nearly 2 years says she hopes he'll be back in time for Christmas.

John Armstrong has been unable to leave India since he was arrested in October 2013.

His friends held a charity rugby match that has raised hundreds of pounds to help him fight his legal case.

Mr Armstrong was working as an anti-piracy guard, transitioning ships through a high risk part of the Indian Ocean.

The Indian authorities say the ship he was travelling in had been illegally sailing in Indian waters, something Mr Armstrong and five other British men who were also arrested, deny.

His trial is due to start in two weeks' time.

His sister, Joanne Thomlinson, says the family are expecting it to take months but are hopeful he will be cleared.

Rugby match for Wigton man trapped in India

Friends of Wigton man are holding charity rugby match Credit: ITV Border

Friends of a man from Wigton, who is to go on trial in India, are holding a charity rugby match in his home town today.

John Armstrong was working as an anti-piracy guard, transitioning ships through a high risk part of the Indian Ocean when he was arrested in October 2013.

His sister, Joanne Thomlinson, is helping to organise today's event at Wigton Rugby Club between the Parachute Regiment rugby team and a Wigton Rugby League select - kick off is at 3pm.

Mr Armstrong used to play for Wigton Rugby League club and is also a former member of the parachute regiment.

He is due to stand trial in Tuticorin in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, September 14th, 2015.

The Indian authorities say the ship he was travelling in had been illegally sailing in Indian waters, something Mr Armstrong and five other British men who were also arrested, deny.

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