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Man arrested in connection with Maryport Post Office robbery

A man from Workington has been arrested following the robbery at the Post Office in Maryport yesterday.

The 47 year-old was arrested at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle this afternoon.

He has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is being questioned by police.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are still appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Concern for missing Whitehaven teenager

John Peacock Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a teenager who's gone missing in the Whitehaven area.

John Peacock, 14, from Whitehaven, was last seen at Carlisle Youth Zone on Saturday 23rd January.

He is described as white, of slim build, with short dark brown hair and is approximately 5ft 4inches tall.

It is believed he may be wearing a blue coat, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms, red Manchester United hat and blue astro turf trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen John to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

Busy weekend for Mountain Rescue Teams with snowy fells

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team out on a rescue Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

For many the fresh powder that has coated much of Cumbria and Southern Scotland has been a source of fun but for the areas Mountain Rescue Teams it has meant a weekend of rescues.

They are urging people to respect the dangers posed by walking in the Lake District fells.

"I think everybody likes to think they are more experienced than they actually are. And we should all operate within our limitations.

"One of the main things that can help everybody, resuce services in particular, is to tell somebody where you're going.

"The paths-once they've been trodden on by a few sets of boots become ice and that's when people have a slip and suddenly a minor slip becomes a broken ankle.

"And then you're sitting in the snow waiting for us...we'll try our best to get to you as soon as we can but you're still looking at perhaps sitting on the snow for an hour and a half until the rescue team turns up."

– Chris Higgins, team leader Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
The snow drifts on the tops can be deceivingly deep Credit: Keswick MRT

WATCH: sister of Cumbrian jailed in India speaks out

The sister of John Armstrong, who has been sentenced to five years in prison in India, says she was "shocked" by the verdict.

The families of the six British men, who were arrested in 2013 while working as anti-piracy guards, were expecting a 'not guilty' verdict, and the men to be released.

But John's sister, Joanne Thomlinson, says she'll keep on fighting to free him, and is planning an appeal. Greg Hoare went to meet her:


Cumbrian man jailed for five years in India

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

A man from Wigton has been sentenced to five years in an Indian prison.

John Armstrong had been working as an anti-piracy guard in the Indian Ocean, when he and five other British men were intercepted by the Indian Coastguard.

They were interrogated under suspicion of a series of weapons offences, and spent six months in prison, before being granted bail.

Charges against the men were quashed in July 2014, however a court in Tuticorin has now convicted the men, and given them five year jail terms.

The men and their families are reportedly now seeking urgent legal advice.

Break-in while Dumfries woman slept

The purse of a Dumfries woman was stolen while she was upstairs sleeping.

The unsuspecting victim was upstairs when her purse, cash and credit cards were stolen overnight between Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 December.

"This was a despicable break-in at Christmas time to the home of an elderly lady while she was sleeping.

"We want to hear from anyone if they saw or heard anything suspicious overnight Wednesday/Thursday in the Averill Crescent area. They can call us through the 101 number at Dumfries."

– Constable Stephanie Brown at Dumfries

Richard Arkless MP: 'Over 96% of the constituents who contacted me asked me to vote against air strikes'

SNP MP Richard Arkless Credit: ITV Border

SNP MP Richard Arkless yesterday voted against David Cameron’s proposals for military escalation, including airstrikes, in Syria.

The House of Commons debated the subject for over 10 hours during the course of Wednesday and in the final vote MPs voted to support air strikes over Syria by 397 votes to 223.

Mr. Arkless said:

The Prime Minister did not make a convincing case for air strikes and I was proud to add my name to the cross-party amendment calling for the government to support a political solution rather than a military response to the situation in Syria.

The SNP has always taken the position that we would not support the extension of military action in Syria if the Prime Minister failed to answer the key questions posed to him by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. By a majority, the committee found that he had not addressed these concerns.

This issue has been hugely emotive for my constituents and over the last week I have been overwhelmed with letters, emails, telephone calls and messages from people all over Dumfries and Galloway expressing their concerns about military action in Syria. It was very clear to me that the vast majority of people wanted me to vote against the strikes and I support them in this view. Over 96% of the constituents who contacted me asked me to vote against air strikes and having looked at all the evidence, that is what I decided to do.

– MP Richard Arkless
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