Setback in Pocklington man’s arms case


Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A Pocklington man has suffered another setback in his quest for freedom after being acquitted of weapons offences.

Paul Towers was one of six Britons held in India in October 2013 accused of illegally possessing weapons while working on a ship providing anti-piracy protection.

Indian authorities seized their vessel and the men were arrested, but the charges were later quashed. However, a police appeal has blocked their return home.

Their case was due to be heard at the Supreme Court in India but has now been adjourned to 22 April.

Along with Mr Towers, the men arrested on 12 October 2013 are Nick Dunn, from Ashington, Northumberland; Billy Irving, of Connel, Argyll; Ray Tindall, from Chester; John Armstrong, from Wigton, Cumbria; and Nicholas Simpson, from Catterick, who also has East Yorkshire connections, having grown up in Cottingham.

The families of the men have expressed their disappointment over the delay in their return back to the UK.

After the announcement by the Supreme Court, Nick Dunn’s sister Lisa said: “This isn’t the news we wanted to hear.”

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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