Sunday, May 13, 2012

Philpott Children's Deaths, Derby: Police Chief Warns "Don't Hide Fire Killer"

Prayers will be said for the Philpott family, who are reeling from the loss of the youngsters, later on Sunday as the community grapples to come to terms with the tragedy.

Jade Philpott, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six and five-year-old Jaydon all died when the blaze ripped through their home in Allenton, Derby, early on Friday morning.

Their brother Duwayne, 13, was seriously injured and is still in a critical condition in hospital where his parents are keeping a bedside vigil.

A 38-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman who had been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal fire were released without charge on Saturday.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: "This is a complex inquiry which requires careful and methodical investigation. We are still treating the fire as suspicious and are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry." Read More