Funeral For Derby House Fire Children

22 June 2012, 10:04

The funeral of six children who died in a housefire in Derby last month will take place this morning.

A service for Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse, and Jayden Philpott will be held at St Mary's Church in Derby there will be six horse-drawn hearses. 

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said the day of the funeral (Friday, June 22) will be a very sad day for the Philpott family, their friends, the local community and all those affected by this tragedy. 

He said: "The funeral will be an understandably difficult and emotional time and I would particularly ask that anyone attending and the media who cover the funeral respect the privacy of the family and mourners." 

ACC Cotterill added: "Understandably, with the six horse drawn hearses the funeral cortege will take time to travel from the Allenton area through the city to the church and then later on to the cemetery at Chaddesden where the children are being laid to rest." 

The children's parents Mick and Maraid Philpott won't be attending the service, they remain in custody both charged with six counts of murder.

Police have advised motorists that it would be sensible to avoid the immediate area between 9.30am and 1pm on Friday to avoid delays.

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