Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Man Charged After Women Held Hostage In Birmingham
A man has been charged with false imprisonment and wounding after two women were held hostage at a Birmingham charity on Wednesday.
Michal Malecki, aged 31 and of no fixed address, will appear before Birmingham Magistrates later today after the two women were held in an office at Bita Pathways in Alcester Street, Digbeth for over four hours on Wednesday.
West Midlands Police cordoned off the road outside the building and evacuated the surrounding area while a force negotiator brought the incident to an end.
Both women are receiving support following their ordeal. The first woman to be released has received hospital treatment for injuries to her arm and neck.
Chief Inspector Sean Russell, from Force CID, said: "Fortunately these types of incidents are rare and the individual concerned has been charged with a number of very serious offences and will be appearing at court today. It is understood that he had no prior connection with the charity and this would appear to have been a random incident.
"We would like to thank the public for their patience and support while we dealt with this incident, particularly the wedding party at a neighbouring venue."
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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