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Derby Fire

Third man charged over the deaths of six children

The man stands accused alongside Michael and Mairead Philpott the parents of the six siblings who died in the house fire.

A 45-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of six children who died in a house fire in Derby in May.

Paul Mosley, from Derby, will appear at Derby Magistrates’ Court today charged with the murder of Duwayne Philpott, (13), Jade Philpott (10), John Philpott (9), Jack Philpott (7), Jessie Philpott (6) and Jayden Philpott (5).

The children died as a result of a fire at a house on Victory Road in Allenton on May 11, 2012.

The second person arrested today, a 49-year-old man, has been released without charge.

Police said the fire appeared to have started with petrol poured through the letterbox of their Derby home.

Michael and Mairead Philpott gave an emotional press conference following the deaths of the children, but two weeks later were arrested for their killings. Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said:

Three people have now been charged with the murder of these children. This man stands accused alongside Michael and Mairead Philpott.

It’s important to note that proceedings are still active in this case and nothing should be said or reported that may prejudice the defendants’ right to a fair trial.

A plea and case management hearing for Michael and Mairead Philpott will be held at Nottingham Crown Court on November 8.

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