Alps deaths: British father and son, Peter and Charlie Saunders found dead after plunging "hundreds of feet" down a mountain

First pictures of father and son killed in Alps hiking trip : Panic-stricken Briton was 'phoning for help for the 12-year-old when he also fell' Peter and Charlie Saunders died at 'The Junction' in Chamonix ValleyPair had set off on hike without specialist equipment like crampons Spring thaw of snow and ice creates potentially lethal conditions PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 17 March 2013 A frantic father made a desperate call to emergency services after his 12-year-old son plunged down a French mountain before the line went dead as he fell to his own death trying to rescue him. Peter and Charlie Saunders were found dead within a few hundred metres of each other after tumbling 'hundreds of feet' in the Chamonix Valley in the Alps

Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks hails excitement and fun of history-writing prize

Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks hails excitement and fun of history-writing prizeBestselling author Sebastian Faulks is judging Chalke Valley History PrizeIt is run by Daily Mail and Penguin Books and challenges young writersThe novelists has berated the downgrading of history in schoolsHe said it must regain its 'central place' and is as important as science By David Wilkes PUBLISHED: 02:05 GMT, 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:06 GMT, 11 March 2013 Judge: Bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks, who is a judge in this year's Chalke Valley History Prize, wants more pupils to study history Novelist Sebastian Faulks berated the downgrading of history in schools yesterday as he urged youngsters to take up their pens and 'discover the excitement of the living past’ through writing. The bestselling author, a judge in this year’s Chalke Valley History Prize, said: 'History needs to regain its central place in schools. 'It’s every bit as important as science, maths and English

Brave Prince William "flies in 50mph winds with RAF crew" in attempt to rescue man who was blown into sea while walking the dog

Brave Prince William 'flies in 50mph winds with RAF crew' in attempt to rescue man who was blown into sea while walking the dogPrince William joined rescue operation from RAF Valley, AngleseyThe Duke flew Sea King helicopter in search for man swept off Blackpool pierPrince William was on a 24-hour 'readiness state' shift on New Year's Eve By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 01:56 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 2 January 2013 While the world celebrated the coming of a new year, Prince William did his duty as a rescue pilot, braving force eight gale winds to join the search for a man swept off a pier in Blackpool. The Duke of Cambridge and three fellow Sea King crew members flew in from RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales to aid in the rescue operation to find a 41-year-old dog-walker who had been sent into the icy water by a wave.

Arctic Britain: Siberian freeze brings ice, snow and -16C temperatures this week

Freezing Britain: Siberian front brings ice, snow and -16C temperatures (but at least these skiers are enjoying themselves) Temperatures expected to dip from Sunday with frozen conditions bringing chaos to the roads later in the week Commuters pictured battling through heavy snow in Leeds, Newcastle and LincolnshireAA warn drivers to be prepared for treacherous conditions and advise grit is ineffective below -9C Icy gusts from the east will bring a wind chill factor of -16C next week, according to Met Office forecasters Follows a week of transport chaos with airports closing and dramatic car crashes putting police officers and a boy of 11 into hospital | UPDATED: 17:07 GMT, 8 December 2012 With icy blasts sweeping in from Siberia expected to send the mercury plummeting from as early as tomorrow afternoon, skiers made a rare UK appearance this morning enjoying an unexpected spot of glorious sunshine. The intrepid winter sportsmen took to the gentle slopes of the South Tyne Valley, near Alston, in Cumbria, and if forecasters are correct there will be plenty more of the white stuff to come

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fish

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing inspired by TV home makeovers is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fishPoorly-installed plumbing spreads toxins and kills marine life, say experts300,000 homes in England and Wales have botched pipeworkProblem will get worse thanks to home improvement fever | UPDATED: 13:44 GMT, 2 December 2012 Poorly-installed pipes fitted by DIY-crazy homeowners are leaking raw sewage and other toxic materials into UK waterways, killing marine life. As more and more home improvement enthusiasts, inspired by programmes like DIY SOS and Grand Designs, tackle their own plumbing issues, fish and water-based plants are dying off, experts have warned.