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The father of a North East soldier is on his way to India to see his son for the first time since he was arrested and imprisoned for alleged weapons offences.
James Dunn is travelling to Chennai with his daughter Lisa to see Nick Dunn from Ashington.
He was jailed for five years last year after weapons were found on board a security ship he was working on in 2012.
He and five others detained alongside him have always insisted the weapons were legitimate.
His family are still waiting for the outcome of an appeal against his sentence.
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Nick Dunn was one of three decorated north east soldiers aboard the armed security ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio in 2012 when the crew was arrested in Indian waters.
He, Nicholas Simpson from Catterick and Paul Towers from Pocklington near York, all insisted they were working legitimately providing properly authorised protection from pirate attacks to other ships.
But a court found them guilty of weapons offenses and they were sentenced to five years in jail in January.
A spokesperson for Theresa May has said she will raise the issue with the Indian authorities during her visit.
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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:
The legal process in India takes a long time, but I very much hope if they have good legal representation and we get a good result on the appeal that that things will move on.
But I can't promise that anything is doing to happen 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:
I am grateful and thankful for the meeting and I feel like we've been given reassurance, but whether I feel positive that it's going to bring the case closer to an end result I can't say that I do.
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.
Watch Frances Read's report:
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.
"He was so composed, and calm, he really kept it together. He ate a massive piece of cake and we sang Happy Birthday - it was amazing."
"Seeing him after all this time was extremely emotional but it's given me fire in my belly - there's no way he's going to spend the next 5 years in prison - we are all focussed and determined."
"We're meeting with the lawyers at the prison this Thursday to build the case to fight the refused bail - this is giving all the British guys a focus. But it's so hard communicating, getting letters in and out of the prison"
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.