Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Demolition fees to go to charity

The work will see 18 Victory Road and neighbouring property number 20 razed to the ground
The work will see 18 Victory Road and neighbouring property number 20 razed to the ground

Contractors who will demolish the house where six children perished in a blaze started by their parents are to donate their fees to charity.

Work to knock down 18 Victory Road in Derby will begin on Monday and is expected to last three weeks, Derby City Council said.

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead were both jailed in April along with friend Paul Mosley after being convicted of killing the couple's six children by setting fire to the three-bedroomed detached house.

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died in the blaze in May 2011. Duwayne, 13, died days later in hospital.

Derby Demolition Ltd, John L Morgan & Sons, Maxplant Ltd and Ward Recycling have each agreed to donate their fee for the demolition work to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness, which provides disadvantaged local children with holidays in the town.

The work will see 18 Victory Road and neighbouring property number 20 razed to the ground. New social housing is expected to be built on the site in due course.

A spokesman for Derby City Council said that Derby Demolition Ltd would begin to prepare the site with scaffolding, fencing and netting to the front, rear and sides, on Monday.

The process of demolition is likely to take up to three weeks; one week to prepare the site and a further two weeks to take down both properties, beginning with the outbuildings and roofing structures.

Mick Philpott was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years after being convicted of six counts of manslaughter following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this year.

The trial heard that Philpott used petrol to set fire to his home in Victory Road, Allenton, in a bid to frame his mistress during a child custody battle. His wife Mairead and Mosley were told they would each serve half of a 17-year sentence for their part in the plan to set fire to the property.

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