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Cumbrian man detained in India expected to stand trial

Credit: John Armstrong

A man from Cumbria who has been detained in India for 21 months over alleged weapons offences has been told this morning he will go on trial.

John Armstrong, from Wigton, was one of six Britons detained in October 2013.

The charges were later dropped, but police in India appealed that decision and that appeal has now been upheld.

The men, who were part of a crew providing security for shipping, strongly deny the charges.


Community swimming pool saved from closure

Wigton pool was due to close in March.

Wigton's community swimming pool has been saved from closure.

The Wigton Baths Trust was granted ownership of the town's pool by Cumbria County Council on 23 March, and it'll officially run the pool from 31 March.

The council said financial cutbacks meant it couldn't afford to keep it open, and it was due to be closed.

But Alan Pitcher, Chair of the Trust, is confident they've got the financial power to keep it going:

Police appeal after Cumbria theft

Police have released images of two people they want to speak to following an incident at a shop in Wigton.

The CCTV images show a man and a woman entering The Factory Shop on Kings Street.

Detectives say a large quantity of DVDs were taken from the store on Thursday.

Anyone with information should contact Cumbria police.

Watch: campaign succeeds as dementia patient remains in home town

Today the campaign to have a man with Down's Syndrome and dementia cared for in his home town succeeded.

Michael Cavelrt's family started an online petition, signed by more than 150,000 people, to ensure that he would be cared for in Wigton.

In a meeting this morning, it was confirmed that Mr Cavelry would remain in Wigton.

Hannah McNulty reports.

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