Posted on 24th May 2012
A senior police officer investigating the fire in Victory Road, Allenton in which six children died has asked for patience and understanding to allow the investigation team to continue their inquiries.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: “The investigation team are as committed as I am to getting to the truth behind the fire but we are still in the early stages of this complex inquiry.
“A significant amount of work has already been undertaken. We are still examining the vehicles and the forensic examination at the house continues. There is also more work to be done around the CCTV footage.
“Due to the volume of information coming into the investigation, it is imperative that the inquiries are conducted properly and thoroughly. Each piece of information needs to be painstakingly scrutinized.
“The team is working a considerable number of hours including weekends and the investigation is continuing at a pace.
“I am aware of rumours and speculation within the community and media but I refuse to be drawn into that and simply ask for patience and understanding to allow us the time to get to the truth without jumping to conclusions.”
Six children Duwayne Philpott, aged 13, Jade Philpott (aged 10) and brothers John Philpott (9), Jack Philpott (7), Jessie Philpott (6) and Jayden Philpott (5) all died as a result of the fire in the early hours of Friday, May 11.
Mr Cotterill added: “We continue to help and support Mr and Mrs Philpott and their wider extended family at this distressing time.”
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.