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Ex-soldiers to return home after charges dropped

A man from Cumbria who's been held in India for nine months on arms charges has had the case against him quashed.

John Armstrong, from Wigton, along with five other British men, was arrested in October on a ship in Indian waters.

Their company insists they were working legitimately to protect ships from pirate attacks.

Another of the men, Nick Dunn, called his sister this morning with the news the charges have been dropped.


Charges dropped against six ex-soldiers held in India

John Armstrong's family have been told all charges against him have been dropped Credit: ITV News

The family of a former soldier from Cumbria, arrested with five other men in India on suspected weapons offences, have been told that all the charges against six of the men have been dropped.

John Armstrong from Wigton was released on bail in April but not allowed to return to the UK until charges against him were dropped.

Lisa Dunn from Ashington, sister of Nick Dunn who was also arrested, said her brother was told verbally in court this morning that he and five other men have been cleared.

She says he is expected home in the next two weeks.

Police use Taser gun and pepper spray to make arrests

Two police officers were injured in a disturbance outside a social club, which led to police firing a Taser gun at a man in order to arrest him. They also used Parva pepper spray to arrest another two men.

Officers had been called to the disturbance on West Street in Wigton at about 10:30pm on Saturday 28th June. The three men arrested were all local men in their twenties.

Cumbrian soldier must wait another week for ruling

John Armstrong pictured in April upon release from jail Credit: ITV

Six British men, including John Armstrong from Wigton, Cumbria, must wait another week before a judge in India will make a decision about whether charges against them will be thrown out.

The judge postponed the decision after considering a petition to reject all counts against them.

Their company AdvanFort has insisted the ship the men were working on was a legitimate anti-piracy security vessel but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges against them.

Mr Armstrong was released on bail with four others in April and must stay in India. Only Paul Towers, from near York, remains in prison.

All six men were detained in prison in October 2013.

Read: Family's relief as soldier released from Indian jail.

Ten-year-old school boy airlifted to hospital

A ten-year-old boy's been airlifted to hospital after being injured at school.

Paramedics were called to Tomlinson Junior School in Wigton at about 1pm this afternoon.

It's thought he was injured in the school play area. He was taken for treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with suspected injuries to his back and neck.


Photographer awarded for rescue of flood victim

Pensioner Elizabeth Young would have died back in January after she became trapped in her car during a severe flood.

Amateur photographer Colin Smithson spotted Elizabeth's plight as he took pictures of the flood.

He then risked his own life to help her to safety.

Today Colin was officially honoured for his bravery.

At a special ceremony at Cumbria Fire and Rescue HQ, the 64-year-old from Kirkbride near Wigton, was officially honoured for saving the life of Elizabeth Young earlier this year.

Exclusive: Former British soldiers leave Indian jail

ITV Border has exclusive pictures of the moment five former British soldiers held in jail in India for almost six months were released on bail.

Lawyers for the men, including John Armstrong from Wigton in Cumbria, say they're now confident of getting the charges against them thrown out so they can come home.

They were arrested on weapons charges on a ship which their company says was providing properly certificated protection to other vessels from pirate attacks.

Gregg Easteal reports.

Family's relief at Wigton man's release from Indian jail

The family of a man from Wigton who's been held in prison in India for the past six months have spoken of their relief that he's been released.

John Armstrong was jailed along with five other Brits in October last year, but was released on bail on Saturday, 5 April.

His family in Wigton told ITV Border that they were happy that he had been allowed to leave prison but didn't know what the next stage of the legal process would be.

They confirmed he was now staying at a local hotel.

Mr Armstrong and the other British men who have been held in India must stay in the country while they fight to have charges dropped.

They are being accused of entering Indian national waters illegally, despite their company AdvanFort insisting they had the correct papers.

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