Philpott trial day 8: PC tells Derby trial that Philpott was `frantically screaming' that the children were in the house
Last May six children died after fire swept through their home in Victory Road, Derby.
Their parents Mick Philpott, 56, his wife Mairead Philpott, 31, and family friend Paul Mosley, 45, all deny manslaughter of the children.
Duwayne Philpott, 13, his sister Jade, 10, and their brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Day 8 of the trial:
4.05pm The next witness is paramedic Peter Lewin who attended Victory Road on the day of the fatal fire.
He saw Philpott outside the hospital after the children were taken there and thought it was strange that Philpott was as clean as he was.
The case was adjourned until 10.15am tomorrow.
3.55pm Wayne Rowland of East Midlands Ambulance Service takes the stand. He worked on two of the children between Victory Road and Royal Derby Hospital.
Mr Rowland saw Philpott outside the hospital after taking the children there. He said: "He seemed very clean for someone who had been involved in a fire."
3.30pm The next witness is firefighter Terence Brown from Kingsway station, who drove the second fire engine to arrive at the house. He said he got to the back of the house with Paul Neal.
"I got on the conservatory roof and started trying to break the back bedroom window. Paul was the top of a ladder shouting `Fire service'. He had been told that there were six children in the back bedroom," firefighter Brown told the court.
3.15pm PC Jason Graves tells the court that he arrived at the Philpott's house at 3.50am on the morning of the fire. He said: "Mr Philpott was running around shouting that the children were in the house. He was frantically screaming."
2.40pm The next witness is PC Coker. She was sent to 18 Victory Road at 4.27am on May 11. She travelled to the hospital with Mick and Mairead Philpott. She said just before they got in ambulance at 4.30am, Philpott said: "It's that bitch's boyfriend. The police should have sorted this 19 weeks ago."
PC Coker said: "Mairead was just shaking and crying and asking about her babies."
2.30pm The next witness is Dr Gail Pearson, a paediatrician at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Asked by prosecutor Richard Latham about the Philpotts' demeanour after Duwayne died he said: "Mrs Philpott was mute and crying, Mr Philpott was much more talkative."
2.10pm A paediatrician is about to take the stand. The witness said that one of the children was dead on arrival at Royal Derby Hospital, four were declared dead at the hospital and Duwayne, 13, had a pulse but only after being resuscitated.
He said: "There were no signs of soot on their hands, no burns. Emotionally the parents were distraught but physically they were fine."
The trial is adjourned until 2.05pm.
12.55pm Next to take the stand is Derbyshire Fire and Rescue crew manager Christopher Timons. He was on the fourth fire engine to get to the house, by which time there were "no visible signs of flames".
He said: "It was a one-off situation, not one that you would ever get asked to go to."
12.45pm The next witness is Derbyshire fire and rescue crew manager Paul Neal. He was the senior officers on the first fire engine that arrived at the scene.
Mr Neal told the court that he got onto the conservatory roof at the rear of the Philpott's house. He said: "A colleague smashed the window with his gloved hand. I looked inside, it was dark. There was thick, black smoke in the room. I could see a bed but no casualties. Mr Philpott was running up the street towards us. He was shouting `My kids'. The police had to restrain him."
11.05am The first witness is firefighter Michael Patterson. He was the second firefighter up the stairs on the day of the blaze. "It was thick, black, acrid smoke. You struggled to see your hands in front of your face," he told the court.
"Another firefighter handed me a casualty. It was obviously a child. The situation was quite confusing, quite chaotic with a great sense of urgency. There were casualties everywhere," he said.
Mick Philpott has his head in his hands in the dock. Mairead Philpott is fighting back tears.
Firefighter Patterson has told the court that he went back into the house four times to get the Philpott children out.
He said: "In the third bedroom I had to lean across the bed to pull a casualty towards me. I realised there were two casualties on that bed and told a colleague to come back and get that casualty."
10.30am Police statements being read out in court reveal that on the morning of the fire a white male in his 20s was on the roof of the conservatory at the back of 18 Victory Road. He was holding a pick axe handle and was trying to smash a back bedroom window.
10.20am Mick Philpott arrives in court wearing a black suit, a white shirt and a pink tie. Mairead Philpott is in a blue cardigan. Paul Mosley is wearing black trousers and a grey jumper.
The trial is set to resume shortly. Firefighters Paul Neal, Mike Patterson and Chris Timons due to give evidence this morning.
Yesterday, Nottingham Crown Court heard that the first police officers to arrive on the morning of the fire that claimed the lives of the Philpott children have described a scene of "utter chaos".
One officer told how he helped firefighters try to revive one of the children using heart massage.
And another told how a crowd of shocked onlookers gathered outside the house, which the children's father, Mick Philpott, who is accused of their deaths, broke through and then fell to his knees in grief.
The officers were the first to tell of the scene that greeted them as they arrived at 18 Victory Road, Allenton, after the 999 call came in at 3.46am on May 11 last year.
PCs Steven Slater and Amerjit Thandi, who were both based at Cotton Lane police station, arrived in the same police car "within 25 to 30 seconds" of the control room receiving the 999 call.
PC Thandi told the jury: "There was thick smoke coming out of the house, I grabbed a fire extinguisher from the back of the police car and ran to the fire. I could see flames through a slat in the front door, I could see the flames, but the heat was so intense, I had to step back. I was only a couple of feet away from it.
"I ran to the next-door house where an elderly gentleman was standing there.
"I got past him to the back of the house but his back door was locked so I ran back out of the front door and jumped the back fence before getting to the back of 18 Victory Road after removed a fence panel between the gardens which joined them. I climbed a ladder that was leaning against the back of the house and saw to my left that the fire brigade had started to arrive so I got back down after they told me to get away."
PC Thandi returned to the front garden of 18 Victory Road where he saw "three or four" of the children that had been brought out of the house and firefighters trying to resuscitate them.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said to PC Thandi: "Three or four of the children were lying on a ground sheet shielded from general view weren't they?"
PC Thandi said: "That's correct."
Mr Latham said: "Fire officers were trying to assist one of the children."
PC Thandi said: "Yes, doing CPR." (Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)
Mr Latham said: "You became involved with that as well?"
PC Thandi said: "Yes."
PC Slater told the court that while his colleague was at the back of the property he helped evacuate the elderly couple who lived at 20 Victory Road, the semi-detached house that was attached to the Philpotts' property.
He told the court: "I can remember getting the elderly couple out of the property.
"I then ran to the front of the property where a crowd had gathered. There was another officer, PC Ward, trying to contain them.
"The house was on fire, there were loads of lights, sirens blaring, emergency services were there.
"It seemed like utter chaos."
Mr Latham asked PC Slater if Philpott appeared in the street at that point.
PC Slater said: "He (Philpott) ran past us towards where the children were and I believe he just dropped to his knees. We got him back and back to the group. He was very upset, obviously he was very upset."
PC Slater said he and PC Thandi then went to the Royal Derby Hospital where they came across a security guard who was crying.
Mr Latham said: "Did this man identify himself to you."
PC Thandi said: "Yes, he said he was one of the children's godfathers, he said his name was Brian Mosley and that his brother, Paul, had been at 18 Victory Road with Mr Philpott the night before."
The court was told that the security guard then rang Paul Mosley, who turned up at about 6.45am at the hospital, where he gave a statement to the police.
In it, he said: "Mick was his good self while playing snooker that night."
The statement went on to say Philpott was due in court the next morning for a residency hearing over four children he has with former girlfriend Lisa Willis, who had moved out of 18 Victory Road.
In the statement, Mosley said: "I would like to state Mick had deep love for Lisa and would take her back."
He said he left the house between 1.30am and 2am on the night of the fire and that Mairead had locked the front door after he left. A third policeman, PC Anthony Maddock, told the court he too was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene on the morning of the fire.
He said he spoke to Philpott at the scene, who told him his six children were inside the house, pointing at one of the windows at the back of the house on the first floor.
Mr Latham asked PC Maddock if Philpott could have been referring to the house in general.
PC Maddock said: "I asked him to clarify that all six children were in the same room.
"He said yes."
The trial continues.
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