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Cumbrian man's trial in India hit by delay

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a Cumbrian man in India has been hit by a further delay.

John Armstrong, and five other British men, were arrested for suspected weapons offences in October 2013, while working as anti-piracy guards.

The charges against them were dropped, but an appeal from the Indian police was upheld.

The men were due in court today to enter a plea, and possibly get a date for the trial.

However, ITV Border understands that after a 13-hour bus trip to the court, the men were told they will have to return on Friday (7 August).

It's because a crew member from India (who is amongst those accused) did not show up to the hearing.

Fish producer 'vulnerable' due to Calais crisis

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack on the M20 southbound (left hand side) near Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Managing Director of a Seafood producer in the Scottish Borders says they've been left vulnerable by travel problems around the Channel Tunnel.

James Cook from Eyemouth based DR Collin and Sons says the company has been badly affected as their produce is not getting to customers on time.

Some of his drivers have spent hours waiting in traffic to get to Calais.

We sell high value premium quality, and we are finding it’s missing markets, customers are walking away from orders, cutting orders, leaving us with the product, so we are then having to discount quite heavily just to find a sale, otherwise we would have to pay just to have the product removed and destroyed so we are in very exposed and tenuous position here and we feel very vulnerable to all the problems that are being inflicted upon us."

– James Cook, Managing Director, DR Collin and Sons


Date set for lifeboat station closure

The controversial closure plan has attracted widespread local criticism Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders lifeboat station will close in September.

The RNLI today announced that the station in St Abbs, which has been in existence for more than a hundred years, will shut on the eighth of September despite a local campaign to keep it open. The RNLI says its station at Eyemouth, two miles away, can cover the area effectively with the addition of a new inshore lifeboat.

Cumbrian climber conquers 1,200m cliff

Cumbrian climber Leo Houlding has tweeted that his team have made it back to base camp after climbing the Mirror Wall, in Greenland.

Mirror Wall, Greenland Credit: Leo Houlding / Berghaus

Leo Houlding and his team are the first to ascend the middle of the cliff face which stands at 1,200 metres tall.

Leo Houlding starts to climb the Mirror Wall Credit: Leo Houlding / Berghaus


Triathlon challenge to help Nepal

Tim will attempt to cycle the Fred Whitton route. Credit: Tim Mosedale

A Cumbrian mountaineer, who's trying to raise thousands of pounds for the victims of the Nepalese earthquake, begins a two day triathlon challenge this evening.

Tim Mosedale will try to cycle 112 miles over the Lake District passes, then swim the length of Derwentwater and back, and finally run over 42 Cumbrian mountains - all within 48 hours.

Cream tea to help bring Wigton man home from India

John Armstrong Credit: ITV Border

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.

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