Philpott house cleared

The former Philpott family home on Victory Road in Derby is being cleared, ahead of it being demolished. Its former tenants, Mick and Mairead Philpott, were jailed for the manslaughter of their six children in a fire there, last year.

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Tributes left at home where six Philpott children died

18 Victory Road, Derby Credit: ITV News Central

Tributes have been left at the home where six children died in a house fire planned by their father, mother and family friend.

The children – Jade, Duwayne, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott, died from smoke inhalation in May 2012.

On Thursday (April 4), Mick Philpott, Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court for six counts of manslaughter.

Mick Philpott was sentenced to life, serving at least 15 years in prison. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both sentences to 17 years, with at least half the sentence being served.

18 Victory Road, Derby Credit: ITV News Central
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Alexander doesn't want to connect Philpott and welfare

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said he did not want to connect the Philpott case to the need for welfare reform.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Senior Liberal Democrats have not entered the row which has seen David Cameron back Chancellor George Osborne's comments that the case prompted "wider questions about our welfare system."

Mr Alexander said: "The Philpott case is an individual tragedy. Children have died in that case.

"I think that is where we should let that case lie. I would not want to connect that to the much wider need to reform our welfare system."

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PM: Osborne's Philpott remarks 'absolutely right'

The Prime Minister said the Chancellor's remarks about the Philpott case "were absolutely right".

Watch: Osborne: Why are we subsidising lifestyles like Philpott's?

He said: "I think what George Osborne said was absolutely right.

"He said that Mr Philpott was the one to blame for his crimes and he should be held responsible but what the Chancellor went on to say is we should ask some wider questions about our welfare system - how much it costs and the signals that it sends.

"We do want to make clear that welfare is there to help people who work hard, it shouldn't be there as a lifestyle choice and I think that's entirely legitimate."

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Philpott children deaths: Derbyshire fire and rescue

Following the deaths of the six Philpott children in a house fire, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are reinforcing the importance of fitting sprinklers in houses.

  • Six children died in Victory Road, Derby in May 2011

  • Four children died in Hulland Ward in 2011

  • Two children died in Buxton in 2010

In addition to 14 other deaths in fires across the county since April 2010.

226 people have died in house fires across the UK in the last year.

Sean Frayne, the Chief Fire Officer at the service says,

"'I am extremely proud of the work of all of the emergency Services at the time of the fire and in particular that of the firefighters who battled to save the lives of the young children....

...."I am convinced that the benefit of domestic sprinkler systems is still not fully realised. When it is, similar incidents in the future, irrespective of how a fire is started, will have a far different outcome."

Priest wants to visit Mick Philpott in prison

Father Alan Burbidge conducted the funeral of the six Philpott children Credit: ITV News Central

The priest who conducted the funerals of the six Philpott children says he is willing to visit their father in prison - if he is asked to do so.

Mick Philpott was jailed for life yesterday for manslaughter.

Father Alan Burbidge says Mick Philpott is unable to accept his role in their deaths.

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