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Mourners don masks and capes to pay final respects to superhero fan who killed himself after years of bullying

Batman, Captain America and Spiderman were among the superheroes who turned out to pay their final respects to a comic book superfan who killed himself after years of bullying.

Eighteen-year-old Arthur suffered for years at the hands of bullies Credit: PA/Family handout

Mourners donned their masks and capes for the special themed funeral.

Eighteen-year-old Arthur took his own life on November 1, having battled mental health problems including depression, which his family say was brought on by his experiences at the hands of bullies.

Speaking on the eve of his funeral in Morden, Surrey, his mother Jacqueline Peebles said he had found solace in comic book superheroes, as well as popular characters such as Toy Story's Buzz and Woody.

Arthur had enough doom and gloom going on in his head during his little life, and I thought 'I'm not sending him away with doom and gloom too'.

He loved his superheroes - that was his world. He was a superhero to us and we wanted to give him the send-off he deserves.

– Jacqueline Peebles, mother
As a young boy, Arthur would dress up as his favourite characters Credit: Family handout
Arthur was life-long fan of superheroes such as Spiderman Credit: Family handout
Arthur's coffin was decorated in superhero memorabilia Credit: PA
Arthur's mother Jacqueline Peebles dressed as She-Hulk Credit: PA

Ms Peebles dressed as She-Hulk for the service, while Arthur's coffin was decorated in the Superman logo.

The funeral featured an extract from his favourite film, Iron Giant, while music including See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, and I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans was played.

Paying tribute to her son, Ms Peebles said he had been a "pure soul" loved by friends and family for his wit and intellect.

But his small build and gentle nature made him an easy target, she said, and at the age of five older children attacked him in the park, putting a noose around his neck and telling him they wanted to hang him.

Co-op Funeralcare funeral director Cindi Gordon dressed as She-Ra to lead the funeral cortege Credit: PA
Robin and Captain America were among the pallbearers Credit: PA
Pallbearers dressed as Batman and Robin Credit: PA
Arthur's family dressed as some of his favourite characters Credit: PA
Mourners dressed in superhero garb Credit: PA

Ms Peebles said she now wanted to raise awareness of the problem of bullying - and hoped parents and authorities would take firmer action.

"Like many children, Arthur was a victim to bullying from a young age," she said.

"He suffered from mental health problems which resulted in him tragically taking his own life. We want his funeral to raise awareness of mental health issues to ensure that young people like Arthur get access to the support they need.

"Arthur was my superhero and now I'm going to drive this forward and be his."

Arthur Peebles Credit: Family handout