Troops from one of the region's main army regiments deploy to Afghanistan today. Four hundred soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment leave their base near Blackpool for a six month tour of Helmand Province.
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Wintry flurries overnight for West Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales. Icy stretches developing by morning. Windy and feeling bitterly cold
Christie Newport says a rare illness which swells her face and body has ruined her life.
We are into the longest cold spell of winter so far. More wintry flurries and bitterly cold weather to come