North East man held in India

Former paratrooper Nick Dunn is being held in a jail in India. The Ashington man has been accused of illegally possessing weapons on a support vessel he was working on.

Ian Lavery asks for meeting with PM over jailed Nick Dunn

Ian Lavery MP has requested a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron about jailed former paratrooper Nick Dunn.

Mr Dunn, from Ashington, is one of six British ex-servicemen currently being held in an Indian jail on suspicion of possessing illegal fire arms.

Mr Cameron said he raised the issue personally with ministers in India and discussed it with Foreign Secretary William Hague.

He added, if a meeting would help, he would be very happy to arrange it.

Ex-paratrooper held in India could face charges

Nick Dunn
Former paratrooper Nick Dunn from Ashington, who is being held in India Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The family of Ashington man Nick Dunn - one of six British ex-servicemen currently being held in an Indian jail - say they are bitterly disappointed that a charge sheet has now been put before the court.

The six men are being held on suspicion of possessing illegal arms. They were arrested in October while working on a support vessel for an American maritime private security firm.

They have been in custody ever since. Bail was granted on Boxing Day but then cancelled.

The six would have to be released - or charged - once they have been held for 90 days. In the meantime, lawyers are trying to re-negotiate their release on bail.

Mr Dunn's family, who are campaigning for his release, are now waiting to hear whether he will formally be charged.

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Man to learn fate after being held in Indian prison

Nick Dunn Credit: ITV News

The family of an Ashington man currently being held in an Indian prison without charge hope to hear today whether he will be released on bail.

Nick Dunn is one of six former British servicemen being held on suspicion of possessing illegal arms.

They've been there since the start of December.

All of the men are employed by American firm AdvanFort, to provide security for merchant vessels and protect them from possible pirate attacks.

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Case of Ashington man held in India raised in Commons

The case of Nick Dunn, a 27-year-old security worker from Ashington, who has been in jail in India for the past five weeks was raised in the House of Commons.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said David Cameron had mentioned the case to the Indian Prime Minister and the country's foreign minister.

Mr Dunn is a former paratrooper who was arrested alongside five other former British Army soldiers while working on the MV Seaman Guard Ohio for American maritime security company AdvanFort.

He is being held, along with his colleagues, at Puzhal Prison in Chennai, South India.

The men were accused of illegally possessing weapons on their support vessel while operating in Indian waters – and have been in jail ever since.

The case was put to Mr Hague by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.