The families of six British men, who are jailed in India for weapons offences, staged a rally in Carlisle this afternoon calling on the government to do more to secure their release.
The former soldiers were sent to prison after courts ruled the armed security ship they were working on was not properly licensed, and had entered Indian waters illegally.
The protestors included relatives of Nick Dunn from Ashington, Nicholas Simpson from Catterick and Paul Towers from Pocklington near York.
Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire MP told the families he was unable to promise that they would be home anytime soon:
Nick Dunn's sister Lisa said she was thankful for the meeting but did not feel any closer to getting an end result:
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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On his 30th birthday, a man convicted of weapons offences in India has had the chance to see his sister for the first time in two years.
Nick Dunn is one of the former British soldiers who found out their appeal had been rejected yesterday.
Lisa Dunn spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees moments after visiting her brother in an Indian jail.
It's been reported the former soldiers who were sentenced to five years in an Indian prison have been refused bail.
The men - who include Nick Dunn from Ashington, were told the court had rejected their application. They heard yesterday, the day before Nick Dunn turned 30 years old.
The court said the arguments for bail would only be heard during the main appeal hearing, scheduled for June.
From May 1-31 the courts are closed for summer vacation.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement following the sentencing of British men in India.
Nick Dunn from Ashington told his sister over the phone that he had been found guilty of weapons offences in India. The 28 year old has been sentenced to five years. Lisa Dunn said he sounded calm but added that he did break down.
Nick Dunn's sister Lisa has spoken to ITV News Tyne Tees following the news her brother has been found guilty of weapons offences in India. She told our correspondent Gregg Easteal that the family is in total shock.
The family of Nick Dunn from Ashington say an appeal will be lodged against his five year jail sentence for weapons offences in India. They say they will seek UK government help to allow him to serve out his sentences in Britain. It is understood that Nick Dunn and the other men have already been taken to jail to begin their sentences.
The family of Nick Dunn have confirmed that the 28 year old has been found guilty of weapons offences in India and has received a five year sentence.
In October 2013, he was arrested on a ship in Indian waters, accused of illegally possessing weapons. He was one of several British men working to protect other vessels from pirates.