The family of Sgt. Nigel Coupe, who was killed along with five other soldiers when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, has been described as 'simply the best husband and father'.
Our correspondent Rob Smith is with those paying tribute to Sgt Coupe in St Annes.
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Armed police will be on standby at the funeral of a man dubbed 'Mr Big' amid fears that criminal gangs could cause violence.
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