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Church Stretton murder: Boy, 7, found dead at house



A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a seven-year-old boy was found dead at a house in Shropshire.


The 44-year-old, named locally as Lesley Speed, is believed to be the mother of Archie Spriggs, a pupil at Rushbury Primary School.

She was found in the home in Wall-under-Heywood, near Church Stretton, on Thursday with "significant injuries".

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

West Mercia officers were called to the property in Rushbury Road at 18:15 BST on Thursday.


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West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics were unable to revive Archie.

The woman was airlifted to hospital with a number of serious injuries and remains in hospital for treatment to her neck and arm.

Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police added.

Diane Pye, head teacher at Rushbury Church of England Primary School, paid tribute to Archie, describing him as a "good pupil".

"Archie was a wonderful, bubbly boy and a much loved member of our school," she said.

"He was well respected and will be remembered very fondly as a good friend and pupil.

"He will be much missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Archie and his family and we ask that people continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time."


Church Stretton murder: Boy, 7, found dead at house

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