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Police urge end to Philpott fund

Fund-raisers have been urged by police to stop collecting money in the names of six children killed in a house fire.

Derbyshire Police investigated the Catch Me When I Fall Fund following allegations made by members of the public about how it was being run.

The force said it had questioned a man connected with the fund and found no evidence of wrongdoing, but advised that no further money be collected.

The fund was set up after a fire in Victory Road, Derby, in May 2012, killed Duwayne Philpott, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five.

Mick Philpott, who was father to five of the youngsters, together with their mother Mairead and a family friend, Paul Mosley, were jailed for manslaughter in April last year.

The fund was set up immediately after the fire to benefit children in the city.

Police said no charges were being brought against the man in connection with the fund, but officers have asked to be kept informed of where and how the money already collected will be spent.

In a statement, the force said: "Police can confirm that a man connected with the Catch Me When I Fall fund has been questioned about allegations connected to the fund.

"The man was not arrested and co-operated with the thorough police inquiries. No charges have been brought against him as no evidence of wrongdoing was found.

"The man has been advised against further fund-raising in the name of Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott.

"Fund-raisers will now discuss what to do with the money in the account and will inform police when it is disbursed and who has benefited from it."

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