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Ray Tindall's family speak of relief after his release from prison in India

The family of a former soldier from Hull have spoken of their relief after he was finally released from an Indian prison - six months after being locked up.

Ray Tindall was working on a ship protecting other vessels from pirate attacks when he was arrested and accused of weapons offences. But despite being released on bail, the legal challenge facing him and other members of the crew is far from over, as Grace Melody-Gardner reports.

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Mother hears son's voice for the first time in six months

Tina Gelder talks to the mother and step-father of Ray Tindall from Hull who was released from a prison in India yesterday. Carole Edmonds has been able to hear her son's voice for the first time in six months.

Ray left a brief message after he and Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham, were released yesterday. The maritime security crew had been held on charges of weapons smuggling. A third former soldier, Paul Towers from Pocklington, has not yet been freed.

Former soldiers imprisoned in India released on bail

Ray Tindall who has been held in prison in India since October Credit: Family

Two East Yorkshire former soldiers have been released on bail from an Indian jail today.

Ray Tindall, who is from Hull, and former sergeant major Nicholas Simpson, originally from Cottingham, were among six British ex-soldiers who have been jailed since October.

They must remain in India while they fight to have charges against them dropped. Their colleague Paul Towers, who is from Pocklington, and was a member of the Parachute Regiment, is still imprisoned. He was the most senior member of the six British men on board.

Families face more uncertainty over former soldiers in Indian prison

There's more heartache tonight for the families of former soldiers being held in an Indian prison as their release date has been delayed yet again.

Ray Tindall from Hull is one of six men arrested while they provided protection from pirates for ships on the Indian ocean.

All but one, including Ray, were granted bail eleven days ago, but they still haven't been released . Ray's mother Carole says she's being kept in the dark by the Government, as Helen Steel reports.

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Prime Minister speaks to Indian ministers about jailed York man

The Foreign Office says David Cameron has spoken to Indian authorities about a former soldier from York, being held on suspected weapons charges.

Two men from this region and another three from elsewhere in the UK, have been granted bail. Paul Towers has been told he will remain behind bars.

"This is a difficult and important case, which the Prime Minister has raised with Indian ministers, as has the Foreign Secretary, and minister Swire.

"The High Commissioner has also raised it with the Indian authorities in India. We will continue to do all that we can.

"We are aware that five of the British nationals have been granted bail today.

"While we are unable to demand the release of British nationals, or interfere in another country's legal processes, we continue to make very clear our interest in this case, and the importance of ensuring that it is resolved as quickly as possible."

– Foreign Office spokesperson
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Former soldiers should be freed from Indian jail on Friday

Two men from this region have been granted bail from an Indian prison, but a third has had his bail application rejected.

The men are among six former British soldiers who have been held on weapons charges since October.

Paul Towers from York has been told he will remain in detention.

Nicholas Simpson from Catterick and Nick Dunn from Ashington in Northumberland are expected to be freed from jail on Friday.

Soldiers held in Indian prison to be released next week

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BREAKING: Indian magistrate signals 6 British former soldiers held in prison since Oct WILL be released on bail next week

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BREAKING: Family say they expect papers to be signed off Wednesday and men released on bail by end of next week or Monday after at latest.

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