Celebrations as Billy Irving arrives in Glasgow

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There were scenes of jubilation today as Billy Irving landed at Glasgow Airport.

The Connel man was the centre of attention as well-wishers gathered at Glasgow airport to welcome him home.

There was also a media frenzy as numerous reporters and broadcasters surrounded Billy and his family.

Billy flew back to Scotland after being cleared of firearms offences last Monday, after being being sentenced to five years in jail in January 2016.

Billy and five other British ex-servicemen, known as the Chennai Six, have been fighting the firearms charges for the past four years.

The former paratrooper was working as an armed guard protecting shipping from Somali pirates when he and 34 of his colleagues were arrested in 2013.

Bring Billy Back wrote on Facebook this morning (Wednesday): ‘Billy is finally on a plane home.

‘After over four long excruciating years we can breathe a sigh of relief that Billy will soon be home with his family and friends.

‘We would like to thank everyone for your support over the past four years.

‘We cannot stress enough how much it has helped in the fight to bring Billy back and we would have been at a loss without all our family, friends and supporters worldwide.

‘We’d like to thank the legal team, the charities who supported us especially the Mission to Seafarers, the #Chennai6 campaign team who have just been incredible, our MPs and the media who helped with our fight for freedom.

‘Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.’