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House fire siblings' funerals held
The funerals of six siblings who perished when fire ripped through their home as they slept in their beds is to take place.
Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, all died in the fire. Duwayne, 13, died in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days later.
Their father Mick Philpott, 55, and their mother Mairead, 31, have been charged with murdering all six children at their home in Victory Road in Allenton, Derby on May 11.
Church officials say Mr and Mrs Philpott, who are in custody awaiting trial, will not attend the service in St Mary's Catholic Church in Derby.
Derbyshire Police have appealed for people to show respect and restraint towards mourners who will be at the funeral.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said the day of the funeral will be a sad one for the Philpott family, their friends, the local community and all those affected by the tragedy.
"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.
"In order to help the Philpott family, we have arranged for a number of police officers to be on hand to assist the press and public near to the church.
"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."
Police advise motorists to avoid the immediate area to avoid delays.