Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Stadium tribute to blaze children

Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life on Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children along with his wife Mairead, 32

A football stadium fell silent in memory of the six Philpott children killed in a house fire started by their father.

Supporters, staff and players of Derby County and Ipswich Town took part in a minute's silence in memory of Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.

Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life on Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children along with his wife Mairead, 32, and friend Paul Mosley.

Derby said the silence at its Pride Park ground before the Championship tie was observed impeccably.

"Thank you to the #dcfc and #itfc fans for observing the one-minute silence in memory of the 6 Philpott children superbly #rip," the club wrote on its official Twitter feed.

They started the fire at the family's Derby home in an attempt to frame Mick's former live-in lover, 29-year-old Lisa Willis, after she left the family home with her children three months earlier.

But their plan went dangerously wrong and the children, who were sleeping in their beds, were unable to be rescued.

After their deaths in May last year, the shocked community rallied together to raise thousands of pounds for the six funerals.

Football fan Duwayne had the emblem of Derby County etched on to his coffin and reportedly held a season ticket at the club along with his younger brother John.

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