Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Meteor Spotted Over West Midlands
Green meteor seen over West Midlands
A police force has released footage of a "fireball'' meteor caught on an in-car camera by a motorway patrol.
The 10-second video clip filmed by officers in the West Midlands shows a bright object hurtling through the sky above a traffic island on the M42.
A police spokesman said officers had recorded the footage as they left the southbound carriageway on the motorway near Solihull at 3.04am on Monday.
In a tweet accompanying the film, the West Midlands Police traffic unit said: "We're used to catching suspects on camera but on Mon we recorded this meteor fireball in the sky.''
The meteor, said by some witnesses to be green in colour, was also spotted in the West Country, Wales and other parts of the West Midlands.
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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