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Britain’s ‘most hated mums’ Mairead Philpott and Karen Matthews now live in same town

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Two of Britain’s ‘most hated mothers’ now live just six minutes away from each other, it has emerged.

Mairead Philpott has moved into a home less than a mile from Karen Matthews in a town in the south east of England.

Neighbours of Philpott may not recognise her after she recently dyed her hair blonde and as walks around with a face mask on.

But the 40-year-old woman has served more than eight years in jail for her part in a house fire which killed all six of her children in 2012.

Mairead Philpott

Karen Mathews

Two of Britain’s ‘most hated mothers’, Mairead Philpott (left) and Karen Mathews (right) now live just six minutes away from each other, it has emerged

People in the suburban area may be more surprised to discover they also live near Matthews, 46, who in 2008 was jailed for faking the kidnap of her daughter for money.

‘It’s bizarre that Matthews and Philpott have both settled so close to each other,’ a source told The Mirror on making the discovery.

They also noted ‘Mairead is desperately trying to change her look’, but added ‘she’ll need to do more than that to conceal her past.’

Philpott was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed Duwayne Philpott, 13, his sister Jade, 10, and brothers Jack, nine, John, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five.

Her husband Mick led her and their friend Mosely in a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down the home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis. 

Mairead was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed their children. Her husband Mick (pictured together) led her and their friend Mosely in a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down the home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis

Mairead was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed their children. Her husband Mick (pictured together) led her and their friend Mosely in a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down the home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis

The couple's six children - Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five - died from smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze

The couple’s six children – Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five – died from smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze

Mick's intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window (the house, pictured) but it went disastrously wrong and the youngsters all died from smoke inhalation

Mick’s intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window (the house, pictured) but it went disastrously wrong and the youngsters all died from smoke inhalation 

His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window of the three-bed council home but it went disastrously wrong and the youngsters all died from smoke inhalation.

At first they received an outpouring sympathy over the tragedy, especially after they both broke down in tears at a press conference.

But a court heard Philpott helped start the fire – and she was jailed for 17 years for manslaughter. Her husband got life. 

However Philpott was said to be ‘delighted’ at being given her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey in November last year. 

She stayed at a halfway house for three months before being freed under a new name.

But is a bizarre coincidence she has started a new life just minutes away from another despised woman.

Mother-of-seven Matthews spent four years in prison for the kidnap and unlawful imprisonment of her nine-year-old daughter Shannon.

Mother-of-seven Matthews spent four years in prison for the kidnap and unlawful imprisonment of her nine-year-old daughter Shannon

Mother-of-seven Matthews spent four years in prison for the kidnap and unlawful imprisonment of her nine-year-old daughter Shannon 

Matthews spent four years in prison for the kidnap and unlawful imprisonment of her nine-year-old daughter Shannon. The warped conspiracy had been dreamt up to try to claim any reward money offered over the little girl's disappearance

Matthews spent four years in prison for the kidnap and unlawful imprisonment of her nine-year-old daughter Shannon. The warped conspiracy had been dreamt up to try to claim any reward money offered over the little girl’s disappearance

Along with her ex-boyfriend’s uncle Michael Donovan, she plotted to stage Shannon’s kidnapping and claim the £50,000 reward for ‘finding’ her.

The warped conspiracy had been dreamt up to try to claim any reward money offered over the little girl’s disappearance, believed to have been inspired by an episode of Channel 4 hit Shameless. 

She made a series of tearful TV appeals for help in finding her daughter as West Yorkshire Police launched a £3.2million search for Shannon – who was found by detectives in Donovan’s flat, around a mile from her home in Dewsbury, 24 days after she disappeared. 

Prosecutors said the schoolgirl was drugged and probably kept captive on a leash during her incarceration.

Police described Matthews as ‘pure evil’ after she was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice. 

Matthews was jailed for eight years and released in April 2012.

A source said of Philpott and Matthews: ‘Their stories are similar in that both tried to con the public into believing they were victims. Now they’re just around the corner from each other. It’s very strange.’



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