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Family's joy as former soldier is released from Indian jail

The sister of a former soldier who's been in prison in India since October said the family are 'elated' he's been released on bail.

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was arrested on weapons charges after a security ship he was working on was stopped.

He left the jail in Chennai this morning along with four other British men.

But they must remain in the country while they fight to get the charges against them dropped.

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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.

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Former soldiers released on bail from Indian prison

Nick Dunn has been released on bail from prison in India.
Nick Dunn has been released on bail from prison in India. Credit: Family photo

Two former soldiers from the region held in an Indian prison since October have left jail this morning after a long battle by lawyers and their families to free them.

Nick Dunn from Ashington and Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick have been released on bail but must stay in India while they fight to have charges against them dropped.

A third man, Paul Towers from near York, remains in prison along with the captain of the ship they were working on. He was the most senior member of the six British men on board.

The prison in India where the men are being held.
The prison in India where the men are being held. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

They were imprisoned almost six months ago after what they thought was a routine paperwork check aboard their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio turned into them all being arrested.

Their company AdvanFort has always insisted the men were working to provide protection to other ships from pirate attacks, but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges on the Brits.

Five of the six Britons were granted bail on Wednesday March 26 but have only just been released.

One of their bail conditions is that they can't leave the country. They could only return to the UK if charges against them are dropped.

Top general warns Army cuts are 'one hell of a risk'

Restructuring the Army is "one hell of a risk" that will weaken the armed forces, one of Britain's most senior generals has warned.

The Government is cutting the regular Army from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020, while the newly-renamed Army Reserve - formerly the Territorial Army - is being expanded from 19,000 to 30,000.

General Officer Commanding, Major General Richard Shirreff pictured during a Remembrance Day Service in 2006. Credit: PA

In an interview with the Sunday Times (£), General Sir Richard Shirreff said: "The sort of defence cuts we have seen... have really hollowed out the British armed forces and I think that people need to sit up and recognise that."

“I wouldn’t want to let anybody think that I think that Army 2020 is good news, it’s not.”

Read: Hammond dismisses Army cuts criticism as 'nonsense'

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WW1 soldier's family say he can finally rest in peace

The family of a World War One soldier, whose body has been found in France, say he can finally rest in peace, 100 years after his death.

Private John Brameld was one of ten men, serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment whose remains have been found close to a battlefield. Rachel Townsend reports.

MoD: Five more sets of remains yet to be identified

Experts are working to identify the remaining five sets of remains after ten First World War soldiers were named, the Ministry of Defence said.

Defence Minister Lord Astor of Hever said:

Our thoughts remain with all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.

Although these soldiers fell almost a century ago, the Ministry of Defence still takes its responsibility extremely seriously to identify any remains found, trace and inform surviving relatives and to provide a fitting and dignified funeral so they rest in peace.

Read: First World War soldier 'deserved proper burial'

WWI soldiers to be reburied with full military honours

Ten soldiers who were killed during the First World War are to be reburied with full military honours at a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in October in an event to be organised by the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, which traces its history back to the earlier regiment.

The soldiers have been identified as:

  • Private Herbert Ernest Allcock, 32, born in Leeds, and family now living in Lancashire
  • Private John Brameld, 30, born in Sheffield and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Corporal Francis Carr Dyson, 26, born in Wakefield and family now living in Derbyshire
  • Private Walter Ellis, 31, born in Doncaster and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private John Willie Jarvis, 34, born in Rotherham and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private Leonard Arthur Morley, 22, born in Boxhill, Surrey and family now living in Canada
  • Private Ernest Oxer, 28, born in Rotherham and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private John Richmond, 28, born in Nottingham and family now living in Nottinghamshire
  • Private William Alfred Singyard, 30, born in Newcastle upon Tyne and family now living in Lincolnshire
  • Lance Corporal William Henry Warr, 27, born in Dorset and family now living in Somerset
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