John Armstrong spent his birthday in India with his parents today. His sister and friends put on a cream tea fundraiser in Wigton.Read the full story ›
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.
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:
John Armstrong was arrested for suspected weapons offences. The charges were dropped, but after a police appeal he'll now stand trial.Read the full story ›
A school trip... to a graveyard.
Unconventional, but it's what pupils at Nelson Tomlinson School have been doing as part of their citizenship classes.
Ryan Dollard has been finding out more:
Pupils at Nelson Thomlinson have been helping to map Wigton Graveyard - using cutting edge technology developed by a Cumbrian firm.Read the full story ›
"We continue to provide consular assistance to the men and their families, during what has been a very difficult and distressing time.
“During the men’s six month detention, consular staff visited them on 18 occasions, secured them better food and other small comforts, and passed on letters to loved ones. Since their release from prison, we have continued to provide assistance - including putting the men and their families in contact with organisations that offer help, from financial assistance to counselling.
“Ministers have also taken a close interest in the detention of the Seaman Guard Ohio crew and have met the respective MPs and family members on a number of occasions. And while Ministers from the Prime Minister downwards continue to raise their case at every opportunity, this is a legal - not a political – case and the British Government cannot interfere in another country’s legal process, just as we would not allow another country to interfere in ours.”
Six former British soldiers, including three from this region, have been told today that they will go on trial in India on weapons charges.Read the full story ›
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.
Ownership of Wigton swimming pool has been handed to a community trust, by Cumbria County Council.
But if they want to keep it open, they'll need to find around £60,000 every year.
Greg Hoare went to find out more.