Former soldier still waiting to return home from India

Former British soldiers in India are still waiting for the paperwork required to allow them to return home, after weapons charges were dropped.

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Further delays for North East former soldier

Nick Dunn is waiting for permission to return to the UK Credit: Dunn family

The family of a former soldier from Northumberland, who's been held in India, say he's facing further delays in being allowed home.

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was one of several British men arrested on arms charges, while working on a ship that was protecting other vessels from pirates.

The charges were dropped but he's still waiting for the authorities to allow him to return to the UK.

His family say they hope he'll be allowed home next week.

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Nick Dunn: "They destroyed nine months of my life"

A former soldier, who's been held in India on weapons charges for nine months, has been told the case against him has been dropped.

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was arrested on a ship in Indian waters, along with five other British men, three from this region, while working to protect other ships from pirates.

Nick Dunn spoke to ITV Tyne Tees via the internet and described how he felt when he heard the news:

Foreign Office 'seeking official confirmation' on dropped India charges

The Foreign Office is aware of reports British nationals in India have had weapons charges against them dropped but is 'urgently seeking confirmation'.

Nick Dunn from Ashington and Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick have been cleared of all charges, according to Nick's sister Lisa.

She told ITV Tyne Tees she had spoken to her brother in India this morning who told her the charges had been quashed and he should be home in a fortnight.

We are aware of reports of a court decision to quash the charges against the six British nationals. We are urgently seeking official clarification.

We continue to offer consular support to the individuals concerned and their families, and raise the case at the highest levels.

We are grateful to the Government of India, the Government of Tamil Nadu and the local state authorities for the support and access they have given our consular colleagues.

– Foreign Office spokesman
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