The brother-in-law of murdered hostage Alan Henning rounded on the Government yesterday, saying they could have done more to save the aid worker.

Colin Livesey said he was ‘angry’ with Ministers for failing to take more action to secure the release of the father of two when they knew about his capture ‘months and months ago’.

He was speaking after international condemnation of a video released on Friday night that showed the taxi driver from Manchester had been beheaded by a man believed to be British extremist Jihadi John.

Mr Livesey’s anger came as David Cameron, the prime minister, ordered spy chiefs to find the militants killing international hostages so special forces soldiers can go in to either capture or kill them.

Just 12 hours after the video was published all but showing the beheading of Mr Henning, Mr Cameron summoned the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to his country retreat, Chequers, where he instructed them to track down the Islamic State executioners.

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