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