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A mother involved in the deaths of her six children has been spotted having a pint with a friend in a pub.

Mairead Philpott, 40, who was released from prison in November halfway through her 17-year sentence, enjoyed a snakebite and was black.

After the trip to the Lock, Stock and Barrel in Newbury, Berkshire, Mairead went shopping, The sun reported.

Mairead was jailed for a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, in which Duwayne Philpott, 13, his sister Jade, 10, and brothers Jack, 9, John, 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5, died ) were killed.

Mairead Philpott, 40, who was released from prison in November halfway through her 17-year sentence after a house fire that killed her six children, enjoyed a pint at a pub in Newbury with a friend

Her husband Mick led her and friend Mosely into a plan to get a bigger community center by burning down the house and blaming ex-lover Lisa Willis.

His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window in the three-bed welfare home, but things went disastrously wrong and the youths all died of smoke inhalation.

She continued to wear her face covering at the venue amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, lowering it to drink and eat her lasagna, peas and potato wedges.

A viewer told The Sun: “She seemed nervous about being recognised. But she was unmistakable as she pulled down her mask to eat and drink.

Mairead wore a face covering amid the ongoing pandemic and lowered it to drink and eat her lasagna, potato wedges and peas

Mairead wore a face covering amid the ongoing pandemic and lowered it to drink and eat her lasagna, potato wedges and peas

Mairead was jailed for a fire in Allenton, Derby in 2012 that killed her children.  Her husband Mick (pictured together) led her and friend Mosely into a plan to get a bigger community center by burning down the house and blaming ex-lover Lisa Willis

Mairead was jailed for a fire in Allenton, Derby in 2012 that killed her children. Her husband Mick (pictured together) led her and friend Mosely into a plan to get a bigger community center by burning down the house and blaming ex-lover Lisa Willis

“After being there for a while, she started laughing and joking with her friend.

“But it was pretty disgusting to see her, especially in such a beautiful spot in a pub next to a river.”

Mairead was said to be “delighted” to have received her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey in November.

She was scheduled to stay in a bail home for three months before being released under a new name. She had a curfew from 7pm to 7am.

The couple's six children - Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5 - died as a result of the fire from smoke inhalation

The couple’s six children – Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5 – died as a result of the fire from smoke inhalation

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

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

Earlier this month, Mairead was spotted enjoying a £5.19 McChicken sandwich and fries meal, delivered by bike to the hostel where she is staying in the south of England.

She also enjoyed a pink birthday cake when she turned 40, The mirror reported.

Late last month she was spotted enjoying a shopping spree while sporting the new darker hair color.

She covered her face with a blue mask, but her new hair was showing, making a stark change from her previous red locks.

A source tells The sun: “She will be reinstated into community life.

Mairead was said to be

Mairead was said to be “delighted” to have received her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey in November. Pictured: The coffins of their children after the fire

Mick, previously jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, weaved a web of lies to get away with the crime.  Pictured: The aftermath of the fire

Mick, previously jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, weaved a web of lies to get away with the crime. Pictured: The aftermath of the fire

“If she continues to meet her parole conditions, she will be able to return to life somewhere largely undetected. She is very hopeful for a fresh start.”

News of her release was criticized by the think tank Center For Crime Prevention, which said in November: “This is not justice.”

The taxpayer covered the cost of thousands of pounds for her to stay at the hostel with a new identity.

First, Mairead and Mick Philpott received a wave of sympathy and cried at a press conference when they asked for help finding the culprits.

But their behavior later raised suspicions and the pair were subsequently charged alongside Mosely.

Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in a specialist burns unit in Birmingham.  Family liaison officers had to persuade Mick to visit his dying son

Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in a specialist burns unit in Birmingham. Family liaison officers had to persuade Mick to visit his dying son

Jesse Philpott, six, was the siblings' second youngest child

Jayden Philpott was only five years old when he died in the fire his parents set

Jess Philpott, six, left, and Jayden Philpott, five, were the youngest of the Philpott children who died in the fire

In sentencing Mick, the judge described the conspiracy as “an evil and dangerous plan” that was “beyond the comprehension of any reasonable person”.

She said there was “no precedent” for the case and described it as a “uniquely serious offence”.

The Philpotts and Mosely were found guilty of manslaughter. Mick was sentenced to life imprisonment and Mairead and Mosely to 17 years. The couple later divorced.

The father of seventeen, who married Mairead in 2003, used his children to rake in a staggering £60,000 a year in welfare.

During a press conference on the fire in May 2012, Mairead and Mick aroused the suspicion of journalists and investigators with their

During a press conference on the fire in May 2012, Mairead and Mick aroused the suspicion of journalists and investigators with their “crocodile tears”.

Mick, previously jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, weaved a web of lies to get away with the crime.

He even planned to “get rich quick” with generous donations from the local community that were earmarked for his children’s funeral.

David Spencer of the Center for Crime Prevention said in November: “This is an absolute mockery of the UK criminal justice system.

“She has served little more than a year for each of the six innocent lives she ruthlessly took.”

The horrifying scene at the property where the fire broke out, killing six children

The horrifying scene at the property where the fire broke out, killing six children