Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Child Killers: Mick And Mairead Philpott - We All Knew It But Were Afraid To State The Obvious.

The father and mother of six children killed in a house fire were this morning arrested on suspicion of their murder.
In a dramatic development, Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, are in custody being questioned by detectives about the horrific blaze.
Just two weeks ago the couple, both from Derby, wept uncontrollably at an emotional press conference as officers described how petrol had been poured through the family’s letterbox and set alight.
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Philpott family
The family in 2007, including five of the six children who died. Back row from left, Katrine and Kirk in Lisa Willis's arms, Yawery and Jayden in the arms of Mr Philpott, Jade, Jack and Jordan. Front row, from left, Shareen and Jesse with Mrs Philpott, Duwayne and John

Grief-stricken: Mick and Mairead Philpott, the parents of six children who died following a fire at their home in Derby, appeared at a news conference
Grief-stricken: Mick and Mairead Philpott, the parents of six children who died following a fire at their home in Derby, appeared at a news conference
Jade Philpott, ten, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five, all perished as flames and smoke engulfed their council house in Allenton, Derby.

 

Their 13-year-old brother Duwayne died of his injuries in hospital several days later with his parents at his bedside.
Sixth victim: Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospital after his life support machine was turned off
Sixth victim: Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospital after his life support machine was turned off
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said today: ‘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.’
Mr 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.’
Just over a week ago, police removed a minibus and caravan - thought to have been used as extra accommodation at the family home, with Mr and Mrs Philpott often sleeping in it - from outside the house.
Respect: Well-wishers have left hundreds of cards, flowers, teddy bears and candles after a candlelit vigil
Respect: Well-wishers have left hundreds of cards, flowers, teddy bears and candles after a candlelit vigil
Four days after the tragic fire, the couple made an emotional appeal and spoke of their devastation.
The former baker thanked neighbours and the emergency services for their efforts in trying to save his children, who were found in their beds.
Mr Philpott said: ‘I want to thank my three eldest children because they have helped us cope. And then there’s a young lad who tried to get in the house the same as myself.
‘Then of course there is the four firemen, the police, the ambulances, the doctors and nurses – everybody who tried to help save our children.
‘We can’t express our gratitude enough. It’s not just us that have suffered, it’s them as well – it’s everybody.’
At the time the nation's heart went out to the family for their devastating loss.
Search for clues: Police prepare to lift the caravan on to a low-loader outside the burnt-out Philpott family home in Allenton, Derby
Search for clues: Police prepare to lift the caravan on to a low-loader outside the burnt-out Philpott family home in Allenton, Derby
But suspicion soon arose that someone had a grudge against Mr Philpott's 'celebrity status' as a father of 17 children by five women.
Mr Philpott first hit the headlines in 2006, when it emerged he was sharing the blaze address with his wife, mistress Lisa Willis, now 28, and his ten children by both women - and had made both women pregnant.
He had become known as ‘Shameless Mick’ in 2007 after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle television programme to demand a larger house to share with his wife, his girlfriend Lisa, and eight of his offspring.
Miss Willis and her five children by Mr Philpott moved out of the house earlier this year after their relationship ran into difficulties.
She was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, along with her brother-in-law, Ian Cousins, 38, but both were later released without charge.
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.
Tributes and gifts have been taken from outside the house and placed in nearby St George’s church because of the likelihood of rain.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2151521/Father-17-lost-children-Derby-house-blaze-arrested-mother-suspicion-MURDER.html#ixzz1wG5Rn5tJ