Police officer's poem used on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' memorial plaque - The Solihull Observer

Police officer's poem used on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' memorial plaque

Solihull Editorial 15th Oct, 2022   0

A SOLIHULL police officer’s poem about ‘superhero’ Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has been used on a family memorial plaque in Shirley.

Jess Davies penned the poem to give the six-year-old, who was tragically killed by his stepmum Emma Tustin and father Thomas Hughes in 2020, a voice.

Jess, who lives in Solihull and whose son is just five months older than Arthur, says the incident had a real impact on her and, after following the trial closely, felt like she ‘got to know’ the young boy through the stories written in the media.

She said: “I just want to do something in his memory. I suppose in situations like these you feel so helpless.

“I think that in many cases involving the murder of someone, the victim can lose their identity in some way, they become a person who was murdered. I suppose I wanted to help give Arthur his identity back; I wanted to put into words who he was.

“While I never actually worked on the case myself, I felt like I got to know him through the stories I read. I started to learn all these little things about him. So I used snippets of those stories to create the poem.”

The memorial plaque has been placed in Cranmore Green, in Shirley – near to the now-shuttered house in which Arthur was murdered.

Jess said: “I made a donation to the charity set up in Arthur’s memory and sent the poem to the charity too. I said that I’d written it for his family and they could do what they wanted with it,” explained Jess.

“When I saw that they had placed my poem on his memorial plaque, I was touched and truly humbled that they had actually put it to use.

“It’s cases like this that remind us that we’re human too. As officers, we might put on a uniform but behind our uniforms we’re human, we have feelings.

“Following Arthur’s case has certainly made me change how I deal with jobs involving children, going forward. I’ll do all I can to prevent cases like these from happening again.”

With a clear passion for preventing such incidents from taking place again, Jess was also put forward to help with Government research, which should support the future of policing.

Jess is also hoping to run a marathon in memory of Arthur by fundraising for the charity set up in his name Arthur’s Angels.


Jess’s poem reads:


Close your eyes and you’ll feel him near

The most magical story you’ll ever hear

A superhero with the biggest smile

He came into this world for a little while

How he loved his Squashies and football too

Singing keep right on to his boys in blue

The happiest soul with eyes so bright

The cheekiest smile, a sunny delight

Superheroes are real you see

They are here to look after you and me

They touch our hearts and light up the sky

But then we must all say goodbye

This superhero could only stay a while

Heaven needed his superhero smile

We mustn’t be sad for he has work to do

Little Arthur’s shining love on all of you



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