Lanterns for Philpott children

Lanterns were lit in Derby on Sunday in remembrance of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father. The house is be demolished, councillors have announced yesterday.

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Angry scenes outside court as Philpotts driven away

Mick Philpott's sister Dawn Bestwick reacts outside Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire
A member of the public reacts as a police van believed to be transporting Mick or Mairead Philpott leaves Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire
Members of the public react as a police van believed to be transporting Mick or Mairead Philpott leaves Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire


Judge: 'Everything done for the pleasure of Mick'

You craved attention, you enjoyed the limelight. You courted publicity. You were and remain the centre of your world and it is plain that you require everyone in your life, but particularly the women to make sure that you remain at the centre of their world.

Your needs and desires took precedence over everything, everyone else, including your children.

You so arranged your life and theirs so that everything was done for the pleasure of Michael Philpott.

– Judge Mrs Justice Thirlwall


Philpott's sister: Children can now 'rest in peace'

Dawn Bestwick, Mick Philpott's sister, told reporters waiting outside court that justice had been done for the children and they could now "rest in peace".

Andy Lyons, Paul Mosley's brother-in-law, said: "We don't have an eye for an eye. We're not a Third World country but the sentence is the best that the judge can give and makes England the greatest nation in the world."

Defendants have 'shown no remorse for their actions'

The senior investigating officer in the Derby house fire case has released the following statement:

Six innocent children died as a result of the actions of their parents, the very people who should have protected them against danger.

The Philpotts and Paul Mosley showed no regard for the safety of the children and since the fire have shown no remorse for their actions.

They have lied throughout the investigation and court case. There were plenty of opportunities to admit their guilt but they never did and persisted with their denials.

This has been an incredibly tragic case to investigate and today’s sentences bring this difficult inquiry to a close.

– Detective Superintendent Kate Meynell, derby police
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