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Six Philpott Children Killed By Their Parents In House Fire Given Headstones A Year After They Died

14/08/2014 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dead Philpott children finally remembered on headstones

The six Philpott children who died after their father, Mick Philpott, set fire to their family home finally have headstones in memory of their short lives.

The children, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden five, died in May 2012 after their father started a blaze which swept through their Derbyshire home.

Now, their paternal grandparents have spoken of their relief after the memorials were put in place in their local cemetery.

Dead Philpott children finally remembered on headstones

"They're beautiful. I just wish they weren't here," the children's devastated grandmother Peggy Philpott, 86, told the Sun.

Grandad Jim Duffy, 64, said the last year had been a nightmare, but that seeing the headstones in place was a 'real relief'.

"They're a real tribute," he said.

The six children each have a personalised stone engraved with an individual eulogy.

Jayden is labelled a 'miracle baby', while John is described as 'caring', Jade 'beautiful and creative', little Jesse 'bouncy', Jack 'shy' and teenager Duwayne 'talented'.

The money for the marble stones was raised by the local community.

Mick, 56, and Mairead Philpott, 31, and their friend Paul Mosley, 46, were convicted of the children's manslaughter in April. Philpott was given a life sentence, while Mairead and Mosley were jailed for 17 years each.

Six dead Philpott children finally get headstones

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