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Call For Change in Law After Family Killed

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7:17am 7th November 2013
(Updated 7:17am 7th November 2013)

There are calls for a change in the law after a Newquay dad bludgeoned his son to death then killed his wife and himself.

Harry Philpotts burnt down their home in Trevarrian back in 2010.

He had killed ten year old Ben before starting the blaze which left the little boy's mother, Patricia, dead.

Mr Philpotts died days later in hospital.

A report revealed he had made threats against his family before it happened but they were never warned because of patient confidentiality.

Now Jonathan Evans, the MP of Mr Philpotts' brother, says action needs to be taken. He said: "Ben Philpotts will always be remembered by his teachers at Trevisker Primary School with his hand eagerly in the air and a beaming smile.

"Ben was a positive spirit, they said, a very popular and much loved member of his school community. A boy who showed enthusiasm for everything he undertook. He was a keen member of his local football team and a natural sportsman."

His campaign is being backed by Newquay and St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert, who praised Mr Evans for raising the case at a special debate in Westminster.

The Home Office said it would shortly be releasing the results of a review into similar cases.

7:17am 7th November 2013

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