Parents Arrested Following Arson Attack
|The parents of six children who were killed in an arson attack on their home have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, are in custody and will be questionned by officers in due course.
A fire broke out at the house, in Victory Road, Allenton, in the early hours of Friday, May 11. Six children Duwayne Philpott, (aged 13), Jade Philpott (10) and brothers John Philpott (9), Jack Philpott (7), Jessie Philpott (6) and Jayden Philpott (5) all died as a result of the fire.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: "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.
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"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."
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."
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.
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