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'It was a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong'

CPS Crown Advocate Samantha Shallow has described the case of Mick and Mairead Philpott as "a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong".

Mick and Mairead Philpott have been found guilty of the manslaughter of their six children in a fire at their house in Derby in May last year. Family friend Paul Mosley was also found guilty of their deaths.

In a statement, Ms Shallow said:

Today’s verdict shows that the children died as a result of the actions of Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley when they set the fire.

It was a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong.

This has been a challenging and harrowing case to prosecute.

Amid all the details of the defendants’ personal lives that have come out in court, it should not be forgotten that at the heart of this case were the deaths of six innocent children.

I extend the condolences of the whole prosecution team to the family and friends of the six children for their tragic loss.

– CPS Crown Advocate Samantha Shallow

CPS Statement: Workers face fraud charges

The charges relate to an allegation that Burrows and the other member of staff, on or before 27 February 2013, conspired together to commit fraud by false representation by submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service false claims for witness care taxi services to the value of at least £1,000,000 when no such services had been supplied.

– Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime for the CPS

The CPS say Lisa Burrows has been charged by West Midlands Police. The other individual has not yet been charged.

Lisa Burrows will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow.


West Midlands Police issue witness statement in character of police dog

West Midlands Police are being investigated after an officer put a photo on social media of a witness statement issued in the character of a police dog.

The statement read: 'I chase him, I bite him, Bad man, He tasty, Good boy, Good boy Peach.'

The CPS had asked for a witness statement from "PC Peach", without realising it was the name of a police dog.

PC Mark Tissington put the photo on social media before it was later deleted.

The Professional Standards Department are looking into this, early enquiries suggest it is a light-hearted exchange as a result of a misunderstanding around a police dog and a police officer. The matter will be investigated.

– DCI Julian Harper, West Midlands Police

Five men jailed for murder have convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal

Five West Midlands men jailed for life for the murder of a drug dealer in an "execution-style" killing have had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Levi Walker, Adam Joof, Antonio Christie, Michael Osbourne and Owen Crooks were found guilty of the crime at Leicester Crown Court in 2008.

They were convicted of the murder Kevin Nunes, 20, an amateur footballer, who was found dead in Staffordshire in 2002.

He had five gunshot wounds.

Three judges in London heard that the Crown Prosecution Service no longer sought to uphold their convictions and did not apply for a retrial.