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John Armstrong officially flown out of India

John Armstrong from Wigton Credit: Family photo

John Armstrong from Wigton, one of the so called 'Chennai Six' has officially flown out of India. He was released from prison last week along with five other Britons, after being acquitted of weapons charges.

His sister Joanne Thomlinson, who has been campaigning for his release confirmed his freedom last night, but said he's not flying straight back to the UK:

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Police appeal after Wigton sheep theft

The sheep are Texel (pictured) Credit: PA

16 Texel sheep have been stolen from the Glasson Village area of Wigton. The incident happened between 3pm on Sunday 24 September and 4pm on Monday 25 September.

Anyone with information should email 101@cumbria.police.uk or call 101 quoting incident number 169 of 26 September. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Wigton arson investigation leads to arrest

Anyone with information should call Workington CID on 101 Credit: ITV Border

A 62-year-old man has been arrested following an investigation into an arson attack on a car and a van in Wigton. The man, from Wigton, was arrested on Monday 4 September on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life.

He has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information should call Workington CID on 101 or Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, referencing incident 49 of 3 September 2017.

Homes evacuated after arson attack

The scene in Wigton on Sunday. Credit: ITV Border

Homes in Wigton were evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning after an arson attack.

Police were called at around 4.20am to reports of a car being vandalised and set on fire on Station Road.

Officers arrived and found a Vauxhall Astra and a van on fire.

Burnt out Vauxhall Astra in Wigton Credit: ITV Border

Properties on Station Road were evacuated as a precaution and the road from the junction with King Street was closed. People have since returned to their homes.

Police are treating the incident as arson and are asking anyone with information to contact Workington CID on 101.

Protest at Indian embassy for release of ex-soldiers

John Armstrong

A protest was held at India's High Commission in London at 2pm today, Friday 16 June, to call for the release of six former British soldiers.

The men, including John Armstrong from Wigton, were jailed in India on firearm charges in 2013.

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to bring up the case of the men during a state visit to India in late 2016.

The Prime Minister raised it with Indian Prime Minister Modi during her visit to India in November 2016, and the Foreign Secretary raised it with his Indian counterpart in January. On each occasion, they stressed the importance of seeing progress. To underline the importance of the case, the Chancellor of the Exchequer raised it when he met the Indian Finance Minister in April.

– Foreign & Commonwealth Office Spokesperson

In March 2017, John Armstrong told his family he had been beaten, attacked and injected with mystery drugs while in prison.

The men and their families have continued to maintain their innocence.

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