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Wigton man still waiting to return from India

A Wigton man is waiting to hear when he will finally return home after being held in India on weapons charges for nearly a year.

John Armstrong was one of several British men arrested on arms charges, while working on a ship that was protecting other vessels from pirates.

The charges against all the men were dropped but they are still waiting for the authorities to allow him to return to the UK.

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.

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