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Ex-soldiers jailed for arms offences in India handed funding lifeline

Former soldiers from Yorkshire, who have been sentenced to five years in prison, have been handed a lifeline by a transport workers' charity.

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Ray Tindall, Paul Towers and Nicholas Simpson were working for an anti-piracy company when their ship was stopped and they were arrested by Indian authorities, charged with weapons smuggling.

Earlier this month, after two-and-a-half years battling the court system, they were jailed.

The International Transport Workers' Federation has now agreed to pay for any appeal, the cost of which could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Wife of jailed former soldier urges government intervention

The wife of a man from Pocklington who's been jailed for five years in India is calling on the government to do more to bring him home.

Ann Towers' husband Paul was jailed on Monday along with five other British men for allegedly possessing illegal firearms.

She says the idea of her husband spending five years in prison is unthinkable:

Verdict expected in trial of ex-soldiers facing arms charges in India

A verdict is expected this morning in the trial of six former British soldiers being held on weapon smuggling charges in India.

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Three of the soldiers are from Yorkshire. Ray Tindall from Hull, Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington were refused permission to leave India after they were arrested in October 2013 while working as anti-piracy security guards for a private US-owned ship.

They were working for US maritime company AdvanFort providing anti-piracy protection when their ship - MV Seaman Guard Ohio, which had a crew of 35 - was detained.

If found guilty they could face up to seven years in prison.

Thieves ram car into cash machine in Pocklington

Thieves have stolen a cash machine in Pocklington.

Police received a call from a member of the public in the early hours of the morning reporting that a vehicle had been driven into a cash machine fitted to the outside of the Co-op store in George Street, Pocklington.

It is believed the machine was removed from the wall and placed into the rear of a white jeep or pick-up type truck before being driven away out of the town.

A second jeep or pick-up type truck in black was also in the area at the time as well as a digger which is said to have been used to ram the side of the shop and access the cash machine.

Extensive damage has been caused to the front of the shop and the scene has been cordoned off to allow an examination of the crime scene in the daylight.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information about the theft or the people or vehicles involved is asked to contact police.

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