Permanent memorial planned for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 6, murdered by stepmum

Murdered Arthur Labinjo-Hughes will be remembered with a permanent memorial.

The six-year-old was killed by his step-mum and dad who were jailed last Friday for 29 years and 21 years respectively.

A circle of six trees will be planted in Arthur's memory near the house on Cranmore Road, Solihull, where Emma Tustin, 32, poisoned, beat, abused and killed him in June last year.

The decision follows a public vigil held outside the home last Sunday and plans for a second with weekend.

Other tributes across the country saw football fans holding a minute's applause for the little Birmingham City FC fan in the sixth minute of games last weekend.

Solihull Council said it is now planning a memorial after being approached with the idea by residents.

A council spokesperson said: "Following a request from a Shirley residents group regarding the creation of a permanent memorial area to remember Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, we are facilitating the installation of a circle of six 4ft trees, to be located in the centre of the green."

Evil stepmum Trustin has been sentenced to a minimum of 29 years after fatally beating the defenceless youngster at her home, leaving him with an unsurvivable brain injury.

Arthur's father Thomas Hughes, 29, was found guilty of his son's manslaughter and jailed for at least 21 years.

The sentences are being reviewed by the Attorney General after complaints that they were too lenient.

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Details of Arthur's cruel abuse and treatment, including being poisoned with salt, emerged during the pair's trial at Coventry Crown Court. The shocking case has caused widespread shock, revulsion and grief.

A national review is now under way into contact the authorities had with Arthur, after social workers visited the boy at the family's home two months before his death but found "no safeguarding concerns".

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In the House of Commons on Thursday, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said it is "not good enough" that authorities always say lessons will be learned from the cruel treatment of vulnerable children.

He told MPs he found it "almost impossible" to read news stories about Arthur because it made him think of his own children.

He added: "I have got this in my notes today that I am meant to say that 'lessons will be learned', but that is what we always say and it is not good enough. We need to protect little children."

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