Monday evening news briefing: Latest Telegraph headlines

Good evening. Snow and ice that caused widespread travel disruption today are unlikely to melt anytime soon. We’ve got Met Office alerts – and full details of the tragedy that unfolded on a frozen lake.

Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines

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The Big Story: Desperation of Rescuers in Lakeside Tragedy

In the midst of disaster there were acts of desperate bravery. Three boys aged eight, 10 and 11 have died after falling through the ice in an icy lake in Solihull.

West Midlands Police confirmed today that the children were taken to hospital after being pulled from the water at a nature reserve yesterday afternoon, but “unfortunately could not be revived”.

A fourth boy, aged six, remains critically ill after falling into the water while the children are believed to have been playing on the ice.

Members of the public entered the lake to try to rescue the children, and a police officer suffered mild hypothermia after desperately punching through the ice as he tried to reach the trapped boys.

The police previously feared that two more children were missing, but confirmed that they now believe this is unlikely. Neil Johnston and Will Bolton has the latest news about the tragedy.

Freezing weather continues

Much of the UK has been blanketed in snow, which is not expected to melt anytime soon as freezing conditions are set to continue.

Parts of the UK will still be affected by snow and ice tomorrow – with the potential for the country to experience the coldest night of the year for the second day in a row.

The Met Office has yellow severe weather warnings in place across much of the country due to the wintry conditions. Follow the latest warnings and travel updates.

As commuters faced travel chaos, video captured cars and buses skidding and crashing on treacherous roads. Many schools closed in the harsh weather, but the nation was divided over whether to let children enjoy a “snow day off” – or ensure they don’t miss out on learning by instructing them to log into online lessons.

Around 40 people were forced to sleep in a pub overnight after heavy snow forced them to abandon their cars.

And see the best photos from a day of mayhem and picturesque scenes.

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