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.