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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Philpott told officer: "I was woken by the sound of the fire alarm"

The court heard that PC Steel was asked to clarify where all the children were in the house. She said Mick Philpott told her they had no 'formal arrangements' for where the children slept, but on that particular night, she said Mr Philpott said he knew which rooms they were in.

The jury heard that Mick Philpott had told PC Steel that two children were in the double room at the back of the house, one was in the small room at the back, and the others were at the front of the property.

The court heard that Mick Philpott, while in hospital, explained to PC Cassidy how the events of that evening had unfolded. The officer told the jury: "I was told that Mick Philpott fell asleep after watching a film. Mr Philpott said they were both woken by the sound of a fire alarm."

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