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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.

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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

Police probe allegations of further offences by Philpott

Derbyshire Police have confirmed they launched an investigation into allegations of further offences committed by Mick Philpott.

Mick Philpott was jailed for the manslaughter of his six children following a house fire at their home. Credit: Press Association

Philpott and his wife Mairead were jailed in April after being convicted of the manslaughter of their six children. Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, died following a fatal house fire at their Derbyshire home.

Mairead Philpott's father: I could never forgive her

The father of Mairead Philpott, who was jailed for 17 years for her role in the house fire that killed six of her children in May last year, has said he does not support his daughter's appeal against the sentence.

Speaking exclusively to Daybreak, Jim Duffy said he "could never forgive her" for what she has done and that he believes she should have received a life sentence.

Read: Philpott wife plans sentence appeal

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Law firm: Chimney death is 'very tragic'

Martina Longworth, a partner at Moody & Woolley, said builders discovered Kevin Gough's body in the firm's chimney when they were carrying out work at the Grade II listed building.

She said she could not comment on whether the victim had died as part of a burglary and the sympathies of staff were going out to Mr Gough and his family.

It's very tragic, it's very sad for the man who was found there.

He must have family and friends around him and our thoughts go out to them.

Staff feel the tragedy.

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Man found dead in chimney of Derby law firm named

A man who was found dead inside a chimney at a city law firm has been named by police.

The body of Kevin Gough, 42, was discovered at Moody & Woolley Solicitors in St Mary's Gate, Derby, on Wednesday.

It is believed staff at the firm were alerted to the body by the smell.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said officers were treating the death as unexplained and were preparing a file for the coroner.

"Police are not treating his death as suspicious", the spokeswoman added.

An inquest will open at Derby Coroners Court this afternoon

Smell alerts staff to body of a 'burglar' in chimney

The body of a man, believed to be a burglar, has been found in the chimney of a law firm.

Staff at Moody & Woolley Solicitors in St Mary's Gate, Derby, were reportedly alerted to the grisly find by the smell.

The death is being treated as unexplained
The death is being treated by police as unexplained Credit: Press Association

Police were sent to the city centre premises around noon yesterday afternoon and cordoned off the area while they removed the man's body.

Julie Marson, senior partner at Moody & Woolley, told the Derby Telegraph it appeared to be an "awful" tragedy. Police are still trying to identify the body.

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