Two arrested in Derby house fire murder investigation

DETECTIVES investigating a fire in which six children died have arrested two people on suspicion of murder.

A 55-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, who are from Derby, were arrested on Tuesday morning.

The fire, in Victory Road, Allenton, in the early hours of Friday 11th May killed children Duwayne (13), Jade (10), John (9), Jack (7), Jessie (6) and Jayden (5).

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

Father Mick Philpott, formerly of Pleasley, has a number of other children living in the Mansfield area.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: “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 enquiry. 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.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or email appeals@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.