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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.

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.

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 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.


Lanterns lit in Derby in memory of 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.

Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, died last May.

Lanterns are lit by well-wisher in Derby Credit: ITN

Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life last Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children.

His wife Mairead, and their friend Paul Mosley, have been sentenced to 17 years.

A tribute to 13-year-old Dwayne Philpott Credit: ITV
Flowers and tributes were also left outside the house where the children died. Credit: ITV

Council promises to bulldoze Philpott house

Tributes left outside Mick Philpott's house after his sentencing. Credit: PA

The house where Mick Philpott killed his six children by torching the property as they slept will be demolished, councillors have promised.

Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss has confirmed the council's intention is to knock down the property and the adjoining semi.

The plan will be to consult the local community on what should replace the buildings.

An online petition has already been launched urging the local authority to install a memorial garden.

Mr Bayliss told the Derby Telegraph: "Who would want to live in a house where six children have died and why would you want to live next door to a house where six children have died?"

"It is the council's intention to bulldoze the properties but we need to go through a number of legal loopholes first."

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