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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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Countdown is on for jailed men to return from India

An Ashington man is waiting to hear when he will finally return home after being held in India on weapons charges for nearly a year.

Nick Dunn is among six British men who have had the charges against them quashed.

Another is Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick,

They still needs official papers and his passport returned before he can fly home.

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

Former soldiers in India cleared of arms charges, say family

Nick Dunn's family say he has been cleared of all charges against him. Credit: Family photo

The family of a former soldier from Ashington who's been held in India on weapons charges has been told all charges have been dropped.

Nick Dunn was arrested along with five other British men in October. He was released on bail in April but was not allowed to return to the UK until charges against him were quashed.

Lisa Dunn said her brother Nick was told verbally in court this morning that he has been cleared.

Joy and relief for Lisa Dunn as brother Nick cleared of arms charges in India. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

She added: "I'm so relieved, I can't believe it. But I can't relax until the lawyers have been given all the paperwork from the court."

She said he is expected home in the next two weeks.

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