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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: My children are still alive to me

Mairead Philpott (2nd from L) in court today with husband Mick Philpott seated behind Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Asked why she spoke of her children as though they were still alive, Mairead Philpott replied: "My children are still alive to me".

She said she did not enjoy the enormous media attention following the house fire and she denied encouraging it.

Asked once more whether she had anything whatsoever to do with the deaths of her children, he replied "no".

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