Parents Arrested Following Arson Attack

The parents of six children who were killed in an arson attack on their home have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, are in custody and will be questionned by officers in due course.

A fire broke out at the house, in Victory Road, Allenton, in the early hours of Friday, May 11. Six children Duwayne Philpott, (aged 13), Jade Philpott (10) and brothers John Philpott (9), Jack Philpott (7), Jessie Philpott (6) and Jayden Philpott (5) all died as a result of the fire.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: "I suspect there may still be people with crucial information who have not yet come forward to speak to us.

"In view of the arrests, I would urge anyone who may have been holding back, not felt comfortable to voice their concerns or not had the confidence, to do so now. They have my personal reassurance that we will deal with their information sensitively.

"We still need information to help us in this inquiry. The latest arrests are just one step further in the investigation. It is absolutely vital that if you know anything you think could help us, come forward now, do not wait any longer. It is important that we find justice for these six young children."

ACC Cotterill stressed that the investigation is still ongoing and will be a lengthy process. He added: "Although the fire happened more than two weeks ago, this is a complex inquiry and it will take time for us to piece together the events from that tragic evening.

"I know this case has deeply affected the local community and residents want answers as to what happened and why. But I would ask them to be patient and to continue to show the excellent support they have given us to date. Our investigations are detailed and painstaking and they will take time."

Police have again increased their presence on Victory Road. The mobile police station will return to the area and there will be extra patrols. Forensic examinations are continuing at the house.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 November 2013
Court Rejects Mairead Philpott Appeal
Mairead Philpott has lost her appeal over her sentence for the killing of six children in a house fire in Derby. Mrs Philpott was sentenced to 17 years in jail for manslaughter. Her husband Mick Philpott was jailed for life and a friend, Paul Mosley, was also jailed for 17 years.
19 July 2012
Two More Arrested In Connection To Fatal Derby House Fire
Two people have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into a Derby house fire which claimed the lives of six children. Police confirmed a 34-year-old and a 29-year-old woman from Derby were arrested in connection to the fire. Adding: "These latest arrests are part of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire.
19 March 2013
Jury Hears It's "Possible" Michael Philpott Started Fatal Fire
A jury has heard it is “possible” that Michael Philpott started the fire the killed six of his children. Mairead Philpott, Michael’s wife and co-accused in the manslaughter trial said her husband could have got up in the night and set the fire without her knowledge, the BBC have reported.
13 March 2013
Mick Philpott Denies Involvement In Fatal Fire
The father of six children who died in a house fire has denied starting the blaze at the families Derby home last May. 56-year-old Mick Philpott denies any involvement but has told a court he has suspicions about who started the fire. He alleges that he and his children had received death threats after the family appeared on ITV's Jeremy Kyle Show.
04 April 2013
Mick Philpott Sentenced To Life
Mick Philpott has been told he will spend a minimum of 15 years in prison, after being sentenced to life for the manslaughter of his six children. Philpott, his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley were found guilty for their part in starting a fire at their home in Derby, which killed their six children as they slept.