Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Tributes to Big Issue sellers
The grieving families of two Big Issue sellers who were fatally stabbed in Birmingham city centre on Friday have spoken of their loss.
32-year-old Wayne Busst and Ian Watson Gladwish, aged 31, died following an alleged fight in Martineau Place on Friday evening, 11 January. Both men suffered fatal stab injuries and, despite the best efforts of police officers who administered emergency first aid, they were pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Busst's family tonight released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by Wayne"s death, he will be greatly missed by all his family and all that knew him.
"We also think of Ian's family as they share in the grief at this sad time.
"We ask the press to respect the families request for privacy at this time, so that we can grieve in peace.
"The family would ask any member of the public with information that may assist the Police investigation come forward ."
Mr Watson Gladwish's family also released a tribute and spoke of their loss:
"Ian was a husband, son, brother and dad. He was a kind loving person.
"To be taken away from us in these circumstances has left us all devastated, we will miss him dearly.
"We would like to thank everybody for their support during this difficult time and request that we a left to grieve in peace. Our sincerest condolences also go out to Wayne's family. We hope that justice will be done."
A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the deaths.
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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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