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Fundraiser for Cumbrian stranded in India

The family of a man from Cumbria, who's been stranded in India for a year, want the UK Government to put more pressure on the Indian authorities.

An event was held in Wigton yesterday to raise money for John Armstrong, who was arrested on firearms offences while working as a security guard, protecting ships from piracy.

But his family say they're not being told enough about what is happening to try to get him home.

Neil Billingham reports.

Bowling club packed to support local man

It's a year since a Cumbrian security guard was arrested in India on suspected firearms offences.

John Armstrong, from Wigton, had been carrying out anti-piracy work on an American-owned ship and was arrested while in port in Chennai along with his colleagues.

Despite being freed from prison and the charges being dropped the authorities are challenging the decision which means he is unable to leave the country.

His family in friends in Wigton have a held a fundraiser to try to help him pay his ongoing costs in India, including hotel bills and legal fees. They packed the town's bowling club to show their support for him.


Fundraiser for Wigton man stranded in India

Fundraiser at Wigton Bowling Club Credit: ITV News Border

Friends and family of a Cumbrian man who was arrested in India more than a year ago are raising money to support him.

John Armstrong, 27, was working as an anti-piracy security guard when he was charged with possession of arms and ammunition.

He was released on bail but has not been allowed to return to the UK.

His family says he is struggling to pay for everyday essentials like food and accommodation.

The first fundraising event is on Sunday 19 October at Wigton Bowling Club from 1pm - 4pm.


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.

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