Two men from the North West have been jailed in India after they were detained on weapons charges.

Paul Towers, from Bootle, and Ray Tindall, from Chester, were working as anti-piracy security guards when they were arrested in 2013.

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Weapons had been found on the ship they were travelling on.

They were among six Britons sentenced to five years in prison today.

An MP who has campaigned for one of the six men said it was a "miscarriage of justice." .Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck, said he will continue to campaign for constituent Nick Dunn and the other five men.

Ian Lavery MP Credit: John Stilwell / PA Archive/PA Images

"The men and their families will be distraught at this news with all noises coming out of the courts in the last few days and weeks pointing towards them returning home in the near future after years of hell.

Ian Lavery MP

“Our staff in India and the UK have been in close contact with all six men since their arrest to provide support to them and their families, including attending court. Ministers have also raised this case at the highest levels, pressing for delays to be resolved.

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