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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.


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.


Court ruling delayed on former soldiers in India

Nick Dunn has been released on bail from prison in India. Credit: .

Six British former prisoners are still waiting to see if arms charges will be thrown out by Indian courts.

At a hearing today, a judge postponed a decision after considering a petition to quash all counts against them.

It's understood lawyers will now try to seek a new hearing next week before courts in India break for a general election recess.

Lawyers still feeling confident that charges will be thrown out, meaning the men could return to the UK soon after.

Five of the six men were released last month after almost six months in jail.

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Five British men released from Indian jail

Five British men who have been in an Indian prison for nearly six months are adjusting to life on the outside.

They were released on bail last Saturday and will now fight to get all the charges dropped. They were being held for weapons offences but deny any wrongdoing. Nick Dunn, from Ashington, spoke exclusively to Tyne Tees.

You can seen Nick Dunn's full interview tonight on ITV News Tyne Tees at 6pm.

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