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Former soldiers denied bail in India

It's being reported that former soldiers who were sentenced to five years in an Indian prison, including John Armstrong from Wigton, have been refused bail.

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

The men were reportedly told the court had rejected their application earlier today.

The court said the arguments for bail would only be heard during the main appeal hearing, scheduled for June.

From May 1-31 the courts are closed for summer vacation.

The men's families say they are devastated. They have launched a website to campaign for the men's release, which is being backed by seafarers' charities.



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:

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