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19th Jan, 2022

'Arthur you are loved' tributes left at Shirley house where boy was murdered

Sarah Mason 9th Dec, 2021

“ARTHUR you are loved sweetheart” – a simple message left at a vigil at the home where the six-year-old boy suffered at the hands of his stepmother and father.

A message which has been echoed not only on Cranmore Road in Shirley but across Solihull and the country.

Since Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ stepmother Emma Tustin was jailed for 29 years for his murder and his dad Thomas Hughes was jailed for 21 for manslaughter at Coventry Crown Court, the country has come out in support of the young Birmingham City Football Club fan.

During the trial the jury was shown a heart-wrenching video of Arthur struggling to pick up the duvet he used as he was forced to sleep on the floor while crying out “No-one loves me, no-one loves me” and “No-one’s going to feed me.”

The front garden of Tustin’s house, where she and Hughes subjected Arthur to a campaign of abuse which involved him standing for hours on end in isolation and being deprived of food and water, is now covered in flowers and teddy bears in memory of the little boy.

On Sunday (December 5) white balloons were released from the site in memory of Arthur where tributes have been left for Arthur.

Tributes have been left to Arthur at the house.

One read: “Arthur you had a tragic life. But you never went unloved. You shall no longer suffer.”

Another read: “Sleep tight sweet boy.

“Arthur fly with the angels as the incredible superhero you always wanted to be.

“You will forever more be remembered as the little boy with the superhero smile and the biggest love for BCFC.

“You were loved by all who knew you and you will continue to be the light of your family’s world.”

Another simply read: “Rest in peace you beautiful boy, you didn’t deserve this.”

Football clubs across the country, including Arthur’s beloved Birmingham City, as well as Aston Villa, Coventry City, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall paid tribute to him in the sixth minute of their matches on Saturday.

Arthur had lived with his mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, but was left in the care of his father after she was arrested and later convicted of killing her abusive partner in 2019.

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