Parents charged with murder of six children in Derby house fire

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A FORMER Pleasley dad and his wife have been charged with the murder of their six children in a house fire and are due to appear before magistrates on Thursday morning.

Jade Philpott (10), and brothers John (9), Jack (8), Jessie (6) and five-year-old Jayden died in the house fire on Victory Road, Derby, on 11th May.

Another brother, Duwayne (13) died three days later in hospital.

As reported in Chad Micheal Philpott (14) had recently moved from the family home to stay with relatives in Clipstone.

Mick Philpott (55), and his wife Mairead (31) are expected before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Derbyshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: “Following the appeal yesterday a number of people have come forward with more information, but I want to stress that the two charges this evening should not be seen as the end of the investigation.

“We are determined to get to the truth of what happened and still want people to speak to us to tell us what they know about this tragedy.”