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Philpott case: House where six children died to be destroyed

The house, which is owned by Derby city council, will be knocked down and residents asked what they would like done with the site.

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THE HOUSE OF convicted child killer Mick Philpott is to be destroyed following the death of six children died on the premises.

The house, which is owned by Derby city council, will be knocked down and residents asked what they would like done with the site, the Telegraph reports.

“Who would want to live in a house where six children have died and why would you want to live next door to a house where six children have died?” council leader Paul Bayliss said.

The council is also attempting to take legal ownership of the semi-detached house attached to the Philpott residence.

Philpott, 56, fathered 17 children and lived off state benefits. He was convicted alongside his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley, of setting fire to the house and killing the children.

The six children, who died from smoke inhalation, were aged from five to 13. Their names were Duwayne (13), Jade (10), John (9), Jack (8), Jesse (6) and Jayden (5).

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They were all Mairead’s children; Philpott fathered all but the eldest, Duwayne, and was the father of 17 children in total, by five different women.

During trial, the prosecution said the couple had tried to frame Mick Philpott’s former girlfriend who had lived at the family home until three months before the fire.

The Philpotts said they had planned to rescue the children from the bedroom window but the fire spread more quickly than they had expected.

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