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Yorkshire " pirate hunters" in Indian court today

Three men from East Yorkshire being held in India for alleged weapons offences are due to appear in court today.

The men on their release from prison in June 2014

Ray Tindall from Hull, Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington, were arrested along with three other former British soldiers on suspicion of smuggling weapons as they worked onboard a ship providing protection from pirates in October 2013.

The charges were eventually dropped last year .

However they were informed on July 1st that a police appeal against them had been successful and that they would face a full trial in southern India.

The six British men were originally taken into custody after what they thought was a routine paperwork check aboard their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio. Police seized 35 automatic weapons and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from the ship.

The men had been working for AdvanFort, a private security company providing protection to ships in the area.


Sheffield woman drowns in India

A 58-year-old woman from Sheffield has drowned on a family holiday in India.

Jane Whittington

Jane Whittington, who was from Birley, was on an extended holiday in the resort of Goa, when she got into difficulty in the water.

Her partner managed to rescue the former carer but failed to resuscitate her. The couple who were due to return home this weekend, but instead Jane was cremated in Goa earlier this week.

Latest Indian hearing for Yorks trio

A hearing takes place in India today over whether to return the passports of three former soldiers from Yorkshire who were held in prison on suspected weapons charges.

Ray Tindall, Nicholas Simpson and Paul Towers had all charges dropped but the authorites have still not released their passports.

Ray Tindall is hoping the Indian authorities will release his passport Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hague hopes "India Six" will be freed soon

The case of a former soldier from Hull who's facing weapons charges in India has been raised in the House of Commons today.

Ray Tindall is one of six British men arrested and jailed last October as they worked onboard a ship protecting vessels from pirates. Five have been bailed, but are still waiting fo find out if the charges will be dropped. A court hearing due this morning was adjourned until next week.


Question remains over release of soldiers on bail in India

The hopes of families of of former soldiers from Yorkshire being held in India have been dashed once again - as they face a longer wait to find out when they can return home.

Ray Tindall

Ray Tindall from Hull and Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham were among six British soldiers arrested and jailed as they provided anti-piracy protection for ships.

After many cancelled hearings, both men were released on bail in April, but were banned from leaving the country.

Today they were due to go before a court to get their charges quashed - but this has now been adjourned until Monday.

Ray's mother, Carole Edmonds, told Calendar News she was frustrated and upset by the news.

"It's appalling. It's just never ending. We thought today was going to be the day and that he would be on his way home by the weekend."

Meanwhile, Paul Towers, from Pocklington, remains in prison. He wasn't granted bail in April because he held a senior role on the ship.

Hull man held in India could return home next month

The mother of Ray Tindall, the former soldier from Hull, who was accused, along with 5 other Britons, of smuggling weapons by the Indian authorities, says her son could come home next month.

Ray Tindall

Ray was released on bail in April, along with Nicholas Simpson from Catterick, having been jailed for six months after the anti-piracy ship they was working on strayed into Indian waters.

Ray's mother, Carole, says lawyers have now indicated that all charges will be quashed at the next hearing on June 10th and they will be given back their personal belongings.

She said: "It's a relief that's he's out of jail and that we can keep in touch with him via text and Facebook. He's managing OK at the moment. We're just hoping there will be no more delays."

Paul Towers from Pocklington, who was not granted bail because of his senior role on the ship, remains in prison.

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.

Hull soldier says bail release is unbelievable

A former soldier from Hull says it feels unbelievable to have been freed from an Indian prison, where he has been held for the last six months.

Ray Tindall was jailed in October after the anti-piracy ship he was working on strayed into Indian waters. He was released on bail over the weekend, but still faces weapons charges.

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