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 questioned on why he told friends that petrol had been used

A jury hears that during a police interview, Mick Philpott was questioned as to why he was telling friends and neighbours he knew the fire had been started with petrol. He replied that he'd heard about it at the press conference he'd given to the media.

When one officer put it to him that he was telling people petrol had been used five days before the press conference, Mick Philpott replied by saying police had already told him they'd taken CCTV from a petrol station, and that he'd put two and two together and assumed it was petrol.

He also said that police had already officially confirmed an 'accelerant' had been used to start the fire.

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