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WATCH: Chennai Six member holds 'no bitterness'

Ray Tindall Credit: ITV Granada

A former soldier from Chester is back home after being held in an Indian jail.

Ray Tindall says he no time for bitterness after his ordeal and wants to look forward.

Along with Paul Towers from Bootle he was among the so-called Chennai Six who were locked up for weapons smuggling offences while working as maritime security guards.

The men were cleared of all charges by the Indian Supreme Court last month.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott was the first journalist he spoke to after landing back at Manchester Airport.

Chennai Six release statement after winning appeal against conviction

From top left clockwise: Nick Dunn, Paul Towers, Nick Simpson, Ray Tindall, John Armstrong and Billy Irving. Credit: Chennai Six campaign

Two men from the North West have told how they are looking forward to seeing their families after being held in India for more than four years.

Ray Tindall and Paul Towers were jailed in October 2013 after being charged with smuggling weapons and ammunition. They had been guards on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Now after years of campaigning, the former British soldiers, who are part of what's been called the Chennai Six, have won an appeal against their convictions.

The men are Billy Irving, 37, from Argyll and Bute, Nick Dunn, 31 from Northumberland, John Armstrong, 30, of Wigton, Cumbria, Nicholas Simpson, 47, of Catterick, North Yorkshire, Ray Tindall, 42, of Chester, and Paul Towers, 54, of Pocklington, East Yorkshire.

Speaking from their hotel room, they released a joint statement on Wednesday which read:

After four long years, we, along with the 29 crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, have been cleared by the Appeal Court.

We want to thank the court for reaching this decision. We are all in good health and eager to return to our families and friends.

We want to thank our legal counsel, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and The Mission to Seafarers for helping us reach this point.

We have been glad to receive the many messages of support and care packages during our time in prison, and ask for time to reflect on our experience and to prepare for home.

– Chennai Six joint statement

It could take several weeks before documentation comes through which will allow them to return to the UK.

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WATCH: Chennai Six released from Indian jail

The men known as the Chennai Six, including two men from the North West, have now left jail in India after being held for four years on charges of weapons smuggling.

Paul Towers from Bootle and Ray Tindall from Chester were in a group accused of moving guns and ammunition while working as maritime security guards.

The Chennai Six were cleared of all charges by the Indian supreme court yesterday.

  • Our correspondent Ashley Derricott has been talking to their relieved families.

'Chennai Six' released from Chennai prison

From top left clockwise: Nick Dunn, Paul Towers, Nick Simpson, Ray Tindall, John Armstrong and Billy Irving. Credit: Chennai Six campaign

Two former British soldiers from the North West have been released from an Indian prison four years after they were charged with weapons offences.

Paul Towers from Bootle and Ray Tindall from Chester are part of the so-called Chennai Six, and had been guards on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.

They were jailed in October 2013 after being charged with smuggling weapons and ammunition but they won an appeal against their convictions on Monday.

The men are Mr Irving, 37, from Argyll and Bute, Nick Dunn, 31 from Northumberland, John Armstrong, 30, of Wigton, Cumbria, Nicholas Simpson, 47, of Catterick, North Yorkshire, Ray Tindall, 42, of Chester, and Paul Towers, 54, of Pocklington, East Yorkshire.

They could now face a wait of possibly several weeks before documentation comes through which will allow them to return to the UK.

WATCH: Family speak of relief as Chennai Six look set to be home for Christmas

Credit: ITV Granada

Two men from the North West, who were jailed four years ago on smuggling weapons, look set to be coming home for Christmas.

The news broke in India that the men known as the Chennai Six - including Ray Tindall from Chester and Paul Towers from Bootle - had been cleared.

Their families back home had fought tirelessly for them to be freed. The men were arrested while working as security guards combatting piracy in the Indian Ocean.

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