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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The NCA have thanked spanish police for capturing one of their most wanted criminals. Paul Monk is wanted over the murder of Liverpool man.
Nearly half a million people registered to vote in the 24 hours before yesterday's midnight deadline, the Electoral Commission has said