A vigil is taking place this afternoon to show how much little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was loved.

The country has seen an outpouring of affection for the six-year-old since details of his tragic death emerged during the trial of stepmother Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes.

Members of a heartbroken community in Shirley, where the youngster lived, gathered in a display of love for the schoolboy who had always wanted to be a footballer, BirminghamLive reports.

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Organised by a resident of Cranmore Road, where Arthur lost his life, a large crowd came together to pay their respects and release balloons.

Heartwarming videos show the huge turnout clapping, smiling and letting off hundreds of balloons into the sky.

People release balloons during a tribute this afternoon
People release balloons during a tribute this afternoon

Organiser Kerry Vines told BirminghamLive: "It's about showing Arthur that we are all thinking of him, and he was a very loved little boy. It will also be a celebration of his life. He finally got the justice he deserved."

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She added that she was 'overwhelmed' with the response from the community.

She said she planned the balloon release to 'show Arthur he was loved and how sorry they are he couldn't be helped'.

She said she the whole road and community was devastated by what happened 'as you never expect to be so close to such a tragedy'. She is 'so grateful' to the 'thousand' people who turned up to pay their respects

Tustin, 32, was found guilty of murdering Arthur while the boy's father, Thomas Hughes, was convicted of manslaughter and child cruelty. The pair were "not liked" by their neighbours, according to Kerry.

People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address
People gather to pay tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes outside Emma Tustin's former address

A national review into the state of social services will now be launched after the youngster's killing.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said he wants to see 'what lessons further we can learn' after the abused youngster's stepmother and father were jailed, the Mirror reports.

After six-year-old Arthur died in June 2020 at least 130 bruises were found on his body.

Four separate departments will inspect social care, health, police and probation as part of the review.

People can pay their own tributes to Arthur in an online book of condolence over at BirminghamLive.

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