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Families of North East men in Indian jail to meet Foreign Office Ministers

Families of three North East men, who are serving a jail term in India, say they're angry that more isn't being done to secure their release.

The former soldiers were sent to prison, with three others, after courts ruled the armed security ship they were working on was not properly licensed, and had entered Indian waters illegally.

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Security workers detained in India expected to face new charges

Nick Dunn Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Six Britons detained in India for 21 months over alleged weapons offences have been told this morning that they will go on trial.

One of the men is Nick Dunn from Ashington.

He was part of a crew providing security for shipping - which also included Paul Towers from York and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick.

Police in India have successfully appealed an earlier decision to drop the charges.

Northumberland MP to question Foreign Office over Ashington man's return from India

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery (pictured) is due to question the foreign office over Nick Dunn's fight to return home Credit: John Stilwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Northumberland MP is to question the Foreign Office over their role in the fight to bring a former paratrooper home from India.

Nick Dunn, 28, from Ashington, had been working as a security guard in the country when he held along with five other men on weapons offences in 2013. The charges have since been dropped but his passport has been withheld whilst police challenge the decision.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery is due to question the Foreign Office in Parliament today over communications with Indian authorities.

Nick Dunn, 28, has been detained in India since October 2013

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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