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Three in court over fire deaths

Relatives of two teenagers and a baby who died in a house fire have wiped away tears as they watched three men charged with their murder appear in court.

Amy Smith and Edward Green, both 17, died following a fire in Langley Mill, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Sunday morning along with Miss Smith's six-month-old daughter, Ruby-Grace Gaunt.

Today, brothers Anthony and Simon Eyre, aged 21 and 24, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court with their father, Peter Eyre, 43.

All three are charged with three counts of murder.

Around a dozen members of the deceased's families watched the hearing, which only lasted for two minutes. Some wiped away tears as District Judge Andrew Davison addressed the defendants.

Anthony, Peter and Simon Eyre all stood behind glass in the dock and spoke only to give their names and addresses and to confirm that they understood what the district judge was saying.

Anthony Eyre was wearing a blue t-shirt and black tracksuit trousers, his father was wearing a blue t-shirt and grey tracksuit trousers, and Simon Eyre was wearing a grey hooded top with black trousers.

All three have short dark hair and were accompanied in the dock by three security guards, who separated them.

The family members present sat at the back of the modern court room, in the glass-fronted public gallery.

Mr Davison explained that the case will be transferred to Nottingham Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on June 10.

But he said that as bail applications are not allowed in relation to murder charges at the magistrates' court, a bail hearing will take place at the crown court on Monday.

Anthony and Peter Eyre, of Central Avenue, Sandiacre, and Simon Eyre, of New Tythe Street, Long Eaton, were all remanded in custody by Mr Davison.


From Belfast Telegraph