Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Debt in the West Midlands
The West Midlands has one of the highest personal debts per person in the country by the time they retire.
The results of a new study by Money Net have shown that in this region a retired person has nearly 10 thousand pounds worth of personal debt - which is 15 percent higher than the national average.
The debt includes credit cards and loans and not mortgages.
More than 178 thousand pensioners in the UK owe more than 100 thousand pounds.
If you are worried about debt you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for help and advice about how to reduce debts.
A Black Country man's been jailed for life for stabbing his partner. Ronald Cooke attacked Tina Billingham at their home.
The family of 20 year-old Callum Lees, who was stabbed to death at a house party in Solihull, have paid tribute as they appeal for his killer to come forward.
The binmen strike in Birmingham by members of Unite the union has been suspended.
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