Derby

Philpott fire: Victory Road house clearance begins

18 Victory Road
Image caption Derby City Council took legal possession of the property at 18 Victory Road

A council has started clearance work on the Derby home where Mick and Mairead Philpott killed their six children.

Derby City Council took legal possession of the property at 18 Victory Road earlier this year.

The council said it had no further comment to make on whether the house would be demolished.

It called for sensitivity towards the Philpotts' relatives, friends and the local community while the work is carried out.

'Needs to go'

A spokesperson said: "Derby Homes have worked with the Philpott family prior to clearing the household effects."

The work started at about 09:00 BST. A team of six workers is removing items from the house, which are being taken for disposal.

Some neighbours said they hoped the work would lead to the demolition of the house.

One woman said: "It needs to go. I hate walking past it because I know what happened."

The Philpotts were jailed in April for starting a fire - along with their friend Paul Mosley - which killed Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five.

In May, following the anniversary of the fire, ward councillor Baggy Shanker said demolition was one of a number of options.

"We will start a consultation with the local community," he said.

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