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Philpott house fire jury out

The judge in the trial of a couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire in Derby has told the jury he will accept a majority verdict. Mairead Philpott, her husband Mick, and a third defendant all deny manslaughter charges.

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  1. Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Midlands Correspondent

Mairead Philpott: 'For us it was a happy family'

Mairead Philpott is telling the court that many people describe her relationship with husband Mick as "unconventional" but that "for us it was a happy family".

She says she described Mick as her "guardian angel" when he arrived in her life. She said he "cared for me and loved me and made me feel safe".

Mairead says she was "scared" of losing Mick when his girlfriend Lisa Willis came on the scene.

She added that their family had grown for "love" and not for the benefits.

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