Arthur Labinjo-Hughes permanent memorial plan in Solihull revealed

A permanent memorial to remember six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes will be created in Solihull.

The locally-organised memorial day will be held on Cranmore Green this Saturday, near the now-shuttered house where Arthur was murdered.

Solihull Council revealed the plans as neighbours organised an event to pay tribute to the tragic six-year-old.

Arthur's stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, was jailed for life at Coventry Crown Court on Friday December 3, with a minimum term of 29 years, after being found guilty of the little boy’s murder.

His father, Thomas Hughes, 29, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter.

The pair showed "no remorse, no sympathy", Arthur’s maternal grandmother told ITV's Good Morning Britain earlier this week, as she branded them "depraved, sadistic, torturous, evil, calculating people".

Six-year-old Arthur, from Solihull, was left with an unsurvivable brain injury while in the care of his stepmother, Emma Tustin. Arthur, whose body was covered in 130 bruises, died in hospital the next day.

Tustin and Hughes were jailed for a combined 50 years for killing Arthur Credit: PA/West Mids Police

Madeleine Halcrow, who described her grandson as having been "the happiest child" before he went to live with his father and stepmother as the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, said she feels anger towards the organisations responsible for monitoring his safety.

An independent review is under way into the actions of the social workers involved in Arthur's particular case, while Ofsted is starting work on their investigation into services involved with child protection in Solihull more generally.

The case prompted a national outpouring of grief following the sentencing of Hughes and Tustin - with hundreds attending an emotional vigil on Cranmore Road and football clubs around the country paying tribute.

People lay tributes to Arthur outside his home on Cranmore Road in Solihull Credit: PA

The event on Saturday will take place from 1pm onwards off Cranmore Boulevard in Solihull.

The council has confirmed it will also install six four-foot trees to remain on the green permanently.

A Solihull 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 four-foot trees, to be located in the centre of the green."