Derby fire parents held

The parents of six children killed in an arson attack on their home have been remanded in custoday on suspicion of murder. Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, were detained on Wednesday in connection with the attack on the house in Derby.

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Police receive 'additional information' in Derby fire investigation

The public has come forward with "additional information that has been extremely useful" to officers investigating an arson attack on a house which killed six children, police said.

An appeal for information was made yesterday after police arrested the parents of the children on suspicion of murder. The pair remain in custody.

A number of people have come forward with additional information that has been extremely useful to the inquiry team. They have taken on board my promise that we will treat them sensitively and in confidence.

It is now vital that other people do the right thing and talk to us if they know anything that would help us further.

I appreciate that it will be difficult for some people but they should put their trust in us. My appeal is do not wait any longer – come forward now and do the right thing.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill

Police have until 10pm to question parents

Police have been given another 12 hours to question the parents of six children killed in an arson attack on their home.

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead were arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of murder in connection with the blaze at the semi-detached house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

Today Derbyshire Police confirmed they had been granted a 12-hour extension by a superintendent to continue questioning until 10pm tonight.

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Parents continue to be questioned over fire deaths

The parents of six children killed in an arson attack at their home continue to be questioned by police after they were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead were arrested in Derby city centre on Tuesday in connection with the blaze at the house on May 11.

The house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, where six children were killed in a fire, on Wednesday morning

Parents of Derby fire children staying at hotel

The parents of six children killed in an arson attack on their home were staying at a hotel in Derby.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, were staying at the Premier Inn after the fire at their house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

The parents of six children killed in an arson attack on their home were staying at the Premier Inn in Derby

Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five, all perished in the blaze, while Duwayne Philpott, 13, died of his injuries in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days' later.

Police vans were parked outside the hotel where the couple were staying

Their parents were arrested on suspicion of murder in Derby city centre by police this morning.

Derbyshire Police said a 55-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman from Derby were arrested this morning but did not name them.

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Police 'check written tributes' left outside house in Derby

ITV Correspondent Rupert Evelyn, in Derby, said: "Police officers are moving the flowers and the tributes that were left for the six children who died. They are being moved to a nearby church because of the threat of rain.

"That's been done with the permission of Mr and Mrs Philpott, say the police.

"As they remove them though the police are looking very closely at each of the written tributes to see what they say ."

Police: Arrests do not signal inquiry coming to an end

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said "please do not see these two arrests as the police inquiry coming to an end" and appealed to the public for additional information.

He said: "I need additional information from the public out there to really get to the truth to what was the reason behind that fire - whilst I know the cause I do not know the reason behind it and I'm still anxious for that information to come forward."

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