Friday 22 September 2017

Parents charged over deadly blaze

Mick
Philpott and
his wife
Mairead
speak to the
media after
the fire that
left their six
children
dead. Photo: RUI
VIEIRA/PA WIRE
Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead speak to the media after the fire that left their six children dead. Photo: RUI VIEIRA/PA WIRE

Danielle Dwyer

A mother and father have been charged with murdering their six children, who died after a fire at their home.

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today, a spokesman for Derbyshire Police said.

Jade Philpott (10) and brothers John (9), Jack (7), Jessie (6), and Jayden (5) all died in the blaze, in Victory Road, Allenton, on May 11. A sixth sibling, Duwayne (13), died of his injuries in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days' later.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: "The evidence was reviewed by a Crown Advocate from the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, who decided that there was sufficient evidence to charge and that it is in the public interest for a prosecution to take place.

"It is important to note that the defendants are entitled to a fair trial and nothing should be said or reported that would prejudice that right."

Mr Philpott (55) and his 31-year-old wife were arrested on Tuesday morning. Five days after the fire, they appeared at a press conference where they broke down as they thanked those who tried to save their children.

Speaking after the pair were charged, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill stressed that the police investigation was ongoing and urged anyone with information about the blaze to contact police.

Irish Independent

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