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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Serious case review into Philpott deaths will look into what future lessons can be learned

The NSPCC says the serious case review launched by Derby City Council into the deaths of six children who died in a house fire in Derby last May will see whether anything could have been done to prevent their deaths.

They will also look into what lessons can be learned for the future.

Mick Philpott was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the manslaughter of his six children.

His wife, Mairead, and friend, Paul Mosley, were each sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

The charity says the review into the deaths of the Philpott children will take around six months to complete.

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Fury over where the blame should fall for Derby deaths

Where the ultimate blame should lay for the deaths of six of Mick Philpott's children is at the centre of fierce debate.

Editor and founder of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones amplified that debate on ITV's This Morning.

Editor of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones
Editor of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones Credit: ITV/This Morning

Paul Staines levelled the blame at the welfare state while Owen Jones said that was like blaming Harold Shipman on the NHS.

Watch the interview in full on This Morning's website.

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Balls: Osborne 'cynically' using Philpott in benefits row

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has condemned the "nasty and divisive" comments by George Osborne in which he questions why taxpayers' money was being used to "subsidise lifestyles" like Mick Philpott:

I believe George Osborne's calculated decision to use the shocking and vile crimes of Mick Philpott to advance a political argument is the cynical act of a desperate Chancellor.

Our main thought at this time should be about the six children who tragically lost their lives, and the others in the family who have been left to mourn their loss.

We should have a proper debate about welfare reform.

And we should discuss what action needs to be taken to tackle the scourge of long-term unemployment including the need for a compulsory jobs guarantee so that people cannot languish on the dole for years and years on end.

But for the Chancellor to link this wider debate to this shocking crime is nasty and divisive and demeans his office.

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Philpott trial: The sentencing, full report

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life in prison for the manslaughter of his six children in a house fire in Derby. His wife, Mairead Philpott, and family friend, Paul Mosley, were each sentenced to 17 years in jail.

Jade, Duwayne, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott died almost a year ago.

Sentencing Mick Philpott to life in jail a judge told him he had "no moral compass".

Our Correspondent Phil Brewster has been following the case from the start.

Chris Williamson MP: "George Osborne's comments are sickening"

Derby MP Chris Williamson has labelled George Osborne's comments as "sickening".

It comes after the Chancellor questioned why the taxpayer should pay for benefit "lifestyles" such as those of Mick Philpott.

Mr Philpott was jailed for life earlier today for killing his six children in a house fire in Derby.

His wife, Mairead, and friend, Paul Mosley, were each given 17 years behind bars.

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Philpott's sister: 'I hate him so much... rot in hell'

The sister of Mick Philpott described how she effectively buried her brother today as she saw him sentenced to life for killing six of his children in a house fire in Derby. Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Dawn Bestwick said jail wasn't good enough, and that "as a coward" he "deserved to die".

Dawn Bestwick,  Mick Philpott's sister
Dawn Bestwick, Mick Philpott's sister Credit: ITV News

Dawn Bestwick said: "They [the children] had a life. He [Mick Philpott] took that from them, he had no right. I hate him, I hate him so much. He's hurt us so much, it's not fair. He doesn't deserve to breath God's air. He deserves to die for what he did - and so do the other two. They were so cruel.

"It's not human, he should die for what he did. All three should rot in hell for what they did. The pain we have to live now, the grandmothers, the grandfather - they're the ones suffering too. The other siblings, Lord knows how they're going to get through this. But we're a strong family."

Watch the interview in full here shortly.

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