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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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Cumbrian man's trial in India hit by delay

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a Cumbrian man in India has been hit by a further delay.

John Armstrong, and five other British men, were arrested for suspected weapons offences in October 2013, while working as anti-piracy guards.

The charges against them were dropped, but an appeal from the Indian police was upheld.

The men were due in court today to enter a plea, and possibly get a date for the trial.

However, ITV Border understands that after a 13-hour bus trip to the court, the men were told they will have to return on Friday (7 August).

It's because a crew member from India (who is amongst those accused) did not show up to the hearing.

Cream tea to help bring Wigton man home from India

John Armstrong Credit: ITV Border

A cream tea is being held in Wigton today, to help bring a Cumbrian man home from India.

John Armstrong was arrested for suspected weapons offences in October 2013, while working as an anti-piracy guard in the Indian Ocean.

The charges against him, and five other men, were dropped, but the Indian police appealed, and the men will now have to stand trial.

Today is John's birthday, and it's hoped the cream tea, which is being put on by his sister, Joanne Thomlinson, will raise money, and awareness.

Find out more about the story here.

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Watch: sister speaks out about India trial

Joanne Thomlinson is speaking out, after learning that her brother is going to be standing trial in India.

John Armstrong was working as an anti-piracy guard in the Indian Ocean when he, and five other Brits, were arrested under suspicion of weapons offences.

The charges were dropped, but the Indian police force appealed the decision, and the men will now have to stand trial.

Watch Joanne's first TV interview, since she learned the news:

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