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Demolition operation underway at Philpott home

The Philpott house being demolished Photo: ITV News Central

Work has begun on pulling down a house in Derby where six children were killed in a house fire.

The clearance operation of the property on Victory Road is expected to last several days.

The parents of the children, Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April, along with their friend Paul Mosley, after they were convicted of killing the couple's children in the blaze.

The Philpott house being pulled down Credit: ITV News Central

65-year-old Peggy Perry-Tarrant was among those watching the demolition. Her mother and father had lived in the house years before the Philpott's.

There is so many good memories there for our family, and it has ended in such a bad way.

It hurts to watch it - it is heartache, but it is the right thing to do.

We will have new life, new kids living there, and new memories.

– Peggy Perry-Tarrant

The property next door is also being demolished.

The neighbouring house being demolished Credit: ITV News Central

New social housing is expected to be built on the land.

I look forward to the new build going ahead, subject to planning permission being approved, so that we can provide much needed homes for the local community.

– Councillor Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for housing at Derby City Council