Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Wolverhampton Father Among Those Killed In Alps Plane Crash
Heart's been told a Wolverhampton dad of two's one of three British people thought to have died on yesterday's plane crash in the French Alps.
50 year old Martyn Matthews was on his way to a business meeting in Germany on the flight from Barcelona which came down.
Neighbours of Mr Matthews said they were unaware that he was believed to have been on board the Germanwings flight.
Police standing outside Mr Matthews' home in the Old Hall Park area of Wolverhampton asked reporters not to knock at the door of his semi-detached home.
Four people later left the property without comment.
Mr Matthews worked for automotive manufacturer Huf, which has a factory in Dusseldorf.
A spokeswoman for the company's site in Tipton, near Dudley, declined to issue any statement in tribute to Mr Matthews out of respect for his family.
In the Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron offered his "deepest condolences'' to those who had lost loved ones in the crash.
He said: "It is heart-breaking to hear about the schoolchildren, the babies, the families whose lives have been brought to an end,''
"The Foreign Office is working urgently to establish whether any further British nationals were among those on board.''
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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