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"We continue to provide consular assistance to the men and their families, during what has been a very difficult and distressing time.
“During the men’s six month detention, consular staff visited them on 18 occasions, secured them better food and other small comforts, and passed on letters to loved ones. Since their release from prison, we have continued to provide assistance - including putting the men and their families in contact with organisations that offer help, from financial assistance to counselling.
“Ministers have also taken a close interest in the detention of the Seaman Guard Ohio crew and have met the respective MPs and family members on a number of occasions. And while Ministers from the Prime Minister downwards continue to raise their case at every opportunity, this is a legal - not a political – case and the British Government cannot interfere in another country’s legal process, just as we would not allow another country to interfere in ours.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.