Report confirms ‘missed opportunities’ to save Arthur Labinjo-Hughes after photo of bruises sent to police

An analysis of the tragic case of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has revealed that a photograph showing his injuries could have changed the course of events. The report, which reviews efforts to protect the six-year-old, says it is hard to understand why police did not intervene after receiving a picture of bruises indicating he had been “subjected to a brutal attack”.

The local practice report highlighted three crucial missed opportunities involving the police and social care over a nine-day period. He said the images of Arthur’s injuries sent to authorities “could and should have changed the course of this case”.

Arthur was brutally murdered by his stepmother Emma Tustin at their Solihull home on Cranmore Road in June 2020 after being poisoned, starved and physically abused.

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His father, Thomas Hughes, was convicted of manslaughter and is currently serving a 24-year prison sentence.

The report, available on the Solihull Safeguarding Children partnership website, looks at events from 15 April to 27 April 2020. This was when Arthur’s case was closed by children’s social services, almost two months before the killing to.

The author of the report highlighted a photo of Arthur’s injuries sent to police on April 18 just two days after a welfare check at his home and a day after a so-called threshold visit by social workers. This image provided evidence of “the fact that Arthur was subjected to a brutal attack”.

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