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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

On Sunday, Derby City Council confirmed its intention to knock down the property and the adjoining semi.

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

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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."

Minute of silence to remember Philpott children

Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road.
Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

A minute's silence has been held in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.

Supporters, staff and players fell silent at 3pm to remember Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.

Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road.
Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

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Football club to hold memorial for Philpott children

Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott.

A minute's silence will be held today in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.

Derby County Football Club has asked supporters to join staff and players in remembering Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.

A spokesperson for the club said the Rams will hold the minute's silence ahead of their fixture with Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium this afternoon.

Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life on Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children along with his wife Mairead, 32, and friend Paul Mosley.

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Philpott's sister: 'I hate him so much... rot in hell'

The sister of Mick Philpott described how she effectively buried her brother today as she saw him sentenced to life for killing six of his children in a house fire in Derby. Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Dawn Bestwick said jail wasn't good enough, and that "as a coward" he "deserved to die".

Dawn Bestwick,  Mick Philpott's sister
Dawn Bestwick, Mick Philpott's sister Credit: ITV News

Dawn Bestwick said: "They [the children] had a life. He [Mick Philpott] took that from them, he had no right. I hate him, I hate him so much. He's hurt us so much, it's not fair. He doesn't deserve to breath God's air. He deserves to die for what he did - and so do the other two. They were so cruel.

"It's not human, he should die for what he did. All three should rot in hell for what they did. The pain we have to live now, the grandmothers, the grandfather - they're the ones suffering too. The other siblings, Lord knows how they're going to get through this. But we're a strong family."

Watch the interview in full here shortly.

Philpott holds his head in his hands as sentences read

Mick Philpott holds his head in his hands as the sentences are read out at Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

Mick Philpott holds his heads in his hands as the sentences are read out at Nottingham Crown Court. He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years after being found guilty of killing six of his children in a house fire.

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