Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
GUILTY: Two Brothers Convicted Of Murder
A man from Coventry and his brother have been found guilty of murdering a woman on Christmas Eve
Costco store manager Roger Cooper from the city and his brother David killed Sameena Imam and dumped her body at allotment in Leicester in January.
They'd bought poisonous metals, identified a shallow grave and communicated in text messages written in a Star Wars-based code before killing the 34 year old.
Roger had spent at least a month plotting to kill Sameena, who was one of his three lovers, to prevent her exposing their two-year affair.
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh from West Midlands Police said: "I would say this is the most callous offence I have ever investigated."
"Most murders that occur are spontaneous events driven by anger or jealousy, whereas in this case what we uncovered was weeks and weeks of planning to kill Sameena, numerous attempts on her life and a really unusual cause of death."
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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