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Derby fire deaths: parents charged with murder

Mairead and Mick Philpott charged with murder Photo: PA

Mick and Mairead Philpott will appear in court today accused of murdering six of their children, who died after a fire at their home in Allenton in Derby.

The fire was reported in the early hours of Friday May 11. Five children lost their lives that day and their brother died the following Monday.

The pair, who were charged last night, will face Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.

“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.”

– Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the appeal yesterday a number of people have come forward with more information but I want to stress that the two charges this evening should not be seen as the end of the investigation.

“We are determined to get to the truth of what happened and still want people to speak to us to tell us what they know about this tragedy.”

– ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE STEVE COTTERILL, Derbyshire Police

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