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'Knowing Philpott's record may have changed things'

A report has found the deaths of Mick and Mairead's six children in a house fire the couple deliberately started themselves could not have been "predicted or prevented."

But Bernadette Philpott, the younger sister of Mairead, told ITV News' Paul Davies that things may have been different if it had been known earlier that Mick Philpott had a record for stabbing a former girlfriend.

Read: 'Some opportunities to get to know family better'

Police release statement after Serious Case Review

Six children died in the blaze, which happened in 2012... Credit: ITV Central

Derbyshire Police have released a statement following the serious case review into the deaths of the six Philpott children, in May 2012.

Detective Superintendent, Andy Stokes, head of public protection, said:

“The death of any child is extremely tragic but this case was particularly distressing for the families involved, the community and the officers and staff who formed the investigation team...

... The serious case review recommends that front line officers are reminded of the need to document the details of all children at an address when they attend domestic violence incidents and to consider the welfare of the children...

... This recommendation has been carried out as part of a wider programme to raise awareness of safeguarding issues across the force and all officers will be regularly reminded of the lessons highlighted in this and other serious case reviews.”

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Philpott house fire deaths 'not preventable'

Six children died in the blaze, which happened in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

A serious case review has found the deaths of six Philpott children in a house fire started by their parents "could not have been predicted or prevented".

Jade Philpott and her brothers John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Duwayne died in the blaze in Derby, in April 2012.

Derby Safeguarding Children Board, which carried out the report, found that while various professionals who had contact with the family could not have foreseen the fire, there were chances to get to know the family better.

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'Some opportunities to get to know family better'

A statement from the Philpott serious case review board said:

The board concludes that the tragic deaths of the children could not have been predicted or prevented.

However, given the notoriety of the father, the incidents of domestic abuse and visibility of the children, there were some opportunities to get to know the family better although this would not have led to professionals becoming aware that there were plans to deliberately set fire to the house when the children were sleeping.

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Philpott deaths 'could not have been prevented'

The six Philpott children killed in a blaze in May 2012. Credit: Police

The deaths of the six Philpott children in a house fire started by their parents "could not have been predicted or prevented", a serious case review has found.

The report carried out by the Derby Safeguarding Children Board in the aftermath of the tragedy found that while various professionals who had contact with the family could not have foreseen the fire, there were chances to get to know the family better.

Police "advise" Philpott charity to close

Police have advised a charity set up to raise money in memory of the Philpott children to close.

The news comes after a man was questioned regarding allegations connected to the fund. No charges were brought.

The man has been advised against further fund-raising in the name of Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott. Fundraisers will now discuss what to do with the money in the account and will inform police when it is dispersed and who has benefitted from it.

– Derbyshire Police Statement

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Investigation into Philpott charity

Six children who died in a house fire in Derby Credit: ITV News Central

Derbyshire Police have confirmed that a man connected to a charity set up to raise money in memory of the Philpott children has been questioned about allegations connected to the fund.

No arrests have been made and the man was said to have co-operated fully with police inquiries. Police say there have been no charges or evidence of any wrongdoing.

The man has been advised against further fundraising in the name of Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott.

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Philpott house razed to the ground

The demolished house
The council has reportedly said the work would take about two weeks to complete. Credit: SWNS

The Derbyshire house formerly owned by Mick Philpott has been razed to the ground.

The fire-ravaged home was pulled down after the blaze which killed all six of the man's children.

The demolished house
The demolition process began on Monday morning, following preparation work from the previous week. Credit: SWNS

Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April, with friend Paul Mosley, after being found to have started the petrol-fuelled fire.

The three were convicted of killing the couple's six children.

The demolished house
The project's contractors have agreed to donate their fee to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness. Credit: SWNS

More housing will be built on the site following the work.

Pictures of the Philpott house demolition

The house in Victory Road is being demolished Credit: ITV News Central

The house in Derby where six children died in a house fire is being demolished. The demolition has been underway for nearly three hours this morning, after workmen spent the last week preparing the house for its destruction.

Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott have been jailed for their childrens' murders.

The demolition began this morning Credit: ITV News Central
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