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Muslim free school 'failed to keep pupils safe'

Al-Madinah School closed last Wednesday and re-opened yesterday Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Derby Muslim free school has been told it must take "swift action" to address concerns over the way it is run or it could be closed.

Al-Madinah Free School has failed to keep pupils safe, provide a good education and has discriminated against female staff, according to a letter sent to the school by Lord Nash.

The Schools Minister said that the school had "manifestly breached" its conditions, and can expect to be closed down if it does not make immediate changes.

Philpott house razed to the ground

The council has reportedly said the work would take about two weeks to complete. Credit: SWNS

The Derbyshire house formerly owned by Mick Philpott has been razed to the ground.

The fire-ravaged home was pulled down after the blaze which killed all six of the man's children.

The demolition process began on Monday morning, following preparation work from the previous week. Credit: SWNS

Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April, with friend Paul Mosley, after being found to have started the petrol-fuelled fire.

The three were convicted of killing the couple's six children.

The project's contractors have agreed to donate their fee to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness. Credit: SWNS

More housing will be built on the site following the work.


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Pictures of the Philpott house demolition

The house in Victory Road is being demolished Credit: ITV News Central

The house in Derby where six children died in a house fire is being demolished. The demolition has been underway for nearly three hours this morning, after workmen spent the last week preparing the house for its destruction.

Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott have been jailed for their childrens' murders.

The demolition began this morning Credit: ITV News Central
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Neighbouring property demolition underway at Philpott house

The neighbouring house is being taken down Credit: ITV News Central

Demolition work is underway on the neighbouring property to the Philpott house in Derby.

Preparation work to take down both semi-detached houses in Victory Road, Allenton, began last week, but the demolition has begun in earnest this morning.

Workmen prepared the properties for demolition last week Credit: ITV News Central

Derby sack manager Nigel Clough after defeat

Derby have sacked manager Nigel Clough after the team lost 1-0 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Derby County manager Nigel Clough Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

It was a third defeat in eight days for the team bossed by Clough, who followed in his late father Brian's footsteps when he took the job at Derby in January 2009.

Clough was the longest-serving manager in the Championship but the owners decided he had taken the club as far as he was able.

A statement released by Derby said: "[After] much consideration, the board feel it is time to move Derby County forward to the next level, which will necessitate a comprehensive review of the club's football operations"


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Philpott grandmother observes house demolition

The grandmother of six children who died in a house fire said they will be able to rest in peace now their former home is being demolished.

Vera Duffy, Mairead Philpott's mother, said she had wanted to see the start of the demolition process to end the tragic chapter in the family's history.

Derby City Council said the process of demolition is likely to take up to three weeks; one week to prepare the site and a further two weeks to take down both properties, beginning with the outbuildings and roofing structures.

New social housing is expected to be built on the site.

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Philpott house demolition begins later today

Demolition of the house in Derby where six children were killed in a house fire starts today.

Demolition of the house where six children died begins today Credit: ITV News Central

The fire which killed the six children took place on 11th May 2012.

In April this year Mick Philpott, his wife Mairead, and their friend, Paul Mosley, were all found guilty of manslaughter following a seven week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

The site will be developed into new housing Credit: ITV News Central

Mick Philpott was jailed for life. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both jailed for 17 years. Both Mairead and Mosley are appealing against their sentences.

The site will be developed into new housing.

Police: Philpott allegations made during fire inquiry

We can confirm that officers from Derbyshire Constabulary are making inquiries into allegations of further offences committed by Mick Philpott.

These allegations came to light during the investigation into the fire in May last year in which his children died. He, his wife and their friend were later convicted of the manslaughter of six children.

Investigations are continuing and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.

– Derbyshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill
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