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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Parents arrested after six children killed in house fire

The parents of six children killed in an arson attack on their home have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, were detained this morning in connection with the attack on the house in Derby.

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak at a press conference on May 16 Credit: PA

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 presence increased at Derby house fire scene

Police said they have increased their presence on Victory Road in Derby, where six children were killed in a house fire. They added that the mobile police station will return to the area and there will be extra patrols after two people were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The house in Allenton, Derby, where six children were killed in a fire Credit: PA

Police: Derby fire deaths a 'complex inquiry'

Although the fire happened more than two weeks ago, this is a complex inquiry and it will take time for us to piece together the events from that tragic evening.

I know this case has deeply affected the local community and residents want answers as to what happened and why.

But I would ask them to be patient and to continue to show the excellent support they have given us to date. Our investigations are detailed and painstaking and they will take time.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill

Police: 'It is important that we find justice for these six young children'

A fire broke out at the house, in Victory Road, Allenton, in the early hours of Friday, May 11.

Sixchildren Duwayne Philpott, (aged 13), Jade Philpott (10) and brothers John Philpott (9), Jack Philpott (7), Jessie Philpott (6) and Jayden Philpott (5) all died as a result of the fire.

In view of the arrests, I would urge anyone who may have been holding back, not felt comfortable to voice their concerns or not had the confidence, to do so now. They have my personal reassurance that we will deal with their information sensitively.

We still need information to help us in this inquiry. The latest arrests are just one step further in the investigation. It is absolutely vital that if you know anything you think could help us, come forward now, do not wait any longer. It is important that we find justice for these six young children.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill

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Two arrested in connection with fire deaths

Detectives investigating a fire in which six children died have arrested two people on suspicion of murder, police said.

A 55-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, who are from Derby, were arrested this morning, Derbyshire Police said.

They added that they are in custody and will be questioned by officers in due course.

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