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Former soldiers held in India fundraising to cover living costs

Six British former soldiers - three from our region - have been trying to return home for almost two years, after being arrested in India.

In the latest setback, the men have had to turn to fundraising to pay for their legal costs, food and accommodation.

The company they were working for, Advanfort, stopped paying out. Helen Steel reports:

Duchess of York works with Huddersfield students to support women in India

Students at Huddersfield University are linking up with a special project in India that's run by Sarah Ferguson. The Duchess of York's Key to Freedom project supports abused women in West Bengal. She's really made a difference to their lives, teaching them new skills to help them become financially independent. Adam Fowler reports.


Sheffield woman drowns in India

A 58-year-old woman from Sheffield has drowned on a family holiday in India.

Jane Whittington

Jane Whittington, who was from Birley, was on an extended holiday in the resort of Goa, when she got into difficulty in the water.

Her partner managed to rescue the former carer but failed to resuscitate her. The couple who were due to return home this weekend, but instead Jane was cremated in Goa earlier this week.

Latest Indian hearing for Yorks trio

A hearing takes place in India today over whether to return the passports of three former soldiers from Yorkshire who were held in prison on suspected weapons charges.

Ray Tindall, Nicholas Simpson and Paul Towers had all charges dropped but the authorites have still not released their passports.

Ray Tindall is hoping the Indian authorities will release his passport Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hague hopes "India Six" will be freed soon

The case of a former soldier from Hull who's facing weapons charges in India has been raised in the House of Commons today.

Ray Tindall is one of six British men arrested and jailed last October as they worked onboard a ship protecting vessels from pirates. Five have been bailed, but are still waiting fo find out if the charges will be dropped. A court hearing due this morning was adjourned until next week.

Question remains over release of soldiers on bail in India

The hopes of families of of former soldiers from Yorkshire being held in India have been dashed once again - as they face a longer wait to find out when they can return home.

Ray Tindall

Ray Tindall from Hull and Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham were among six British soldiers arrested and jailed as they provided anti-piracy protection for ships.

After many cancelled hearings, both men were released on bail in April, but were banned from leaving the country.

Today they were due to go before a court to get their charges quashed - but this has now been adjourned until Monday.

Ray's mother, Carole Edmonds, told Calendar News she was frustrated and upset by the news.

"It's appalling. It's just never ending. We thought today was going to be the day and that he would be on his way home by the weekend."

Meanwhile, Paul Towers, from Pocklington, remains in prison. He wasn't granted bail in April because he held a senior role on the ship.


Hull man held in India could return home next month

The mother of Ray Tindall, the former soldier from Hull, who was accused, along with 5 other Britons, of smuggling weapons by the Indian authorities, says her son could come home next month.

Ray Tindall

Ray was released on bail in April, along with Nicholas Simpson from Catterick, having been jailed for six months after the anti-piracy ship they was working on strayed into Indian waters.

Ray's mother, Carole, says lawyers have now indicated that all charges will be quashed at the next hearing on June 10th and they will be given back their personal belongings.

She said: "It's a relief that's he's out of jail and that we can keep in touch with him via text and Facebook. He's managing OK at the moment. We're just hoping there will be no more delays."

Paul Towers from Pocklington, who was not granted bail because of his senior role on the ship, remains in prison.

Ray Tindall's family speak of relief after his release from prison in India

The family of a former soldier from Hull have spoken of their relief after he was finally released from an Indian prison - six months after being locked up.

Ray Tindall was working on a ship protecting other vessels from pirate attacks when he was arrested and accused of weapons offences. But despite being released on bail, the legal challenge facing him and other members of the crew is far from over, as Grace Melody-Gardner reports.

Mother hears son's voice for the first time in six months

Tina Gelder talks to the mother and step-father of Ray Tindall from Hull who was released from a prison in India yesterday. Carole Edmonds has been able to hear her son's voice for the first time in six months.

Ray left a brief message after he and Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham, were released yesterday. The maritime security crew had been held on charges of weapons smuggling. A third former soldier, Paul Towers from Pocklington, has not yet been freed.

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