Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Telford Man Jailed For Reign Of Domestic Violence
A man from Telford whose violent acts against two former partners were described as "medieval torture'' has been jailed.
Dino Burley, 42, from Hollinswood was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent. He was jailed for 21 years, West Mercia Police said.
Officers said Burley's violent acts included pushing screws into the fingers of one woman, as well as throwing another down the stairs and pouring boiling water on her feet.
The attacks took place between 1991 and 2014.
During sentencing at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Judge Robin Onions told Burley: "You are a jealous and controlling man who used extreme violence on your victims that amounted to medieval torture,'' according to West Mercia Police.
Detective Sergeant Jo Delahey from the force said: "This was a horrific series of attacks which will have long-term effects both physically and emotionally on the victims.''
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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