Nick Dunn, from Ashington, has been in prison in India for six months. He has now been released and he spoke exclusively to ITV News Tyne Tees.
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Storm Doris is set to bring wet, windy and wintry weather to the region.
Severe weather warnings have been put in place for much of the UK on Thursday,with the North urged to "be prepared".
Boro will face either Man City or Huddersfield at the Riverside.