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'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.

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Paul Towers, from Bootle, was convicted of illegally possessing firearms in India. His wife Ann says it's unthinkable he could spend years behind bars.

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Prisoners released from jail in India on weapons charges

A man from Chester has been released on bail after being held in an Indian jail on weapons charges since October.

Ray Tindall is one of five British men who left prison this morning, but they must stay in the country while they fight to have charges against them dropped.

Ray Tindall from Chester
Paul Towers from Bootle

Meanwhile Paul Towers from Bootle remains in custody along with the captain of the ship they were working on.