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Picture of the week: Oh deer, the weather's getting worse

A herd of Red Deer huddle together as they move through fresh snow at Raby Castle and Estate in Co Durham earlier this week.

The cold snap which caused chaos across parts of the UK hit the castle in North East England on Wednesday, but it didn't deter Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys from venturing out in the snow to capture some wintery scenes.

The stunning photograph of the Red Deer moving through the snowfall was taken in the 200-acre parkland that surrounds the castle, where the herd roams wild alongside Fallow Deer.

The picture made the front pages of several national newspapers as well as appearing in some local newspapers and online galleries.

Raby Castle is the private home of Lord Barnard and is open to the public as a tourist attraction between May and September and during the Easter holidays, too.

Durham, Teesdale and Northumbria were among the areas worst affected by the winter weather this week.

Heavy snowfalls across the northerly regions of the UK caused widespread havoc, with the Peak District and Yorkshire also badly hit.

Leeds-Bradford Airport was forced to close due to the snowfall, but reopened a few hours later.

The south of England barely reported a snow flake, due to a "messy broken-up weather front" crossing the UK. Northern Ireland also escaped the worst of the weather, in spite of forecasts of blizzards and heavy snow.

Next week, there is expected to be relief from severe weather conditions, with a mixture of heavy rainfall and bright days.

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