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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

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.

Disappeared coal mine to be remembered

The story of Ashington Colliery is to be told through a new heritage trail thanks to a £24,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The trail will depict the structures and activities of the mine in their actual locations.

A website will also be created to describe how the colliery and town grew.

At its peak, the pit employed 5,500 men.

It closed in 1988, and little remains now to suggest that it was ever there.

The Ashington Colliery Heritage Group says the trail and website will be completed by the summer of 2014.

Ashington Colliery 1985 Credit: Ashington Colliery Heritage Group
The same location today Credit: Ashington Colliery Heritage Group

Full report: Family "devastated" to hear former paratrooper will not be home for Christmas

A woman from Northumberland says she is devastated after being told her brother will not be home for Christmas.

Nick Dunn from Ashington is one of six former British servicemen who are being held in anIndian jail without charge.

They had been working for a private security firm but were detained on suspicion of possessing illegal arms.

Now his family say they fear for his life after his cellmate caught dysentery. They say they are angry that the Government has not done more to help the veterans.

Frances Read reports.

You can find the petition to help free Nick Dunn here.

Former paratrooper's sister: "We're absolutely devastated"

The sister of former paratrooper Nick Dunn, from Ashington, has said the family are "absolutely devastated".

It comes as they head news that Nick Dunn will not be home in time for Christmas.

The ex-serviceman is one of six Britons being held in an Indian jail on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms.

Lisa Dunn was with her and Nick's mother, Margaret, when she spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees.

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Former paratrooper will not be home for Christmas

Nick Dunn, a former paratrooper from Ashington
Nick Dunn is being held on suspicion of possessing illegal arms.

The sister of Nick Dunn, a former paratrooper from Ashington, says she is devastated after being told her brother will not be home for Christmas.

Nick Dunn is one of six Britons being held in an Indian jail without charge. They are all ex-servicemen and had been working for a private security firm. They were detained on suspicion of possessing illegal arms.

Now Nick Dunn's mother and sister have told ITV News Tyne Tees that they fear for his life after his cellmate caught dysentery. They are calling on the Government to do more to help the men.

Former paratrooper's sister: We need him home for Christmas

The sister of former paratrooper Nick Dunn has said the family "absolutely need him home for Christmas". Nick Dunn, from Ashington, has been accused of illegally possessing weapons and is being held by the Indian authorities.

Lisa Dunn was with her and Nick's mother, Margaret, when she spoke to our Correspondent Gregg Easteal.

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