Archie Spriggs: School's tribute to 'wonderful, bubbly boy'

By Nathan Rowden | Church Stretton | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Tributes have been paid to seven-year-old Archie Spriggs who was found dead at his home near Church Stretton.

Archie's body was found by police on Rushbury Road in the village of Rushbury on Thursday evening.

The headteacher of Rushbury CE Primary School, where Archie was a pupil, today paid tribute.

Diane Pye, said: “I am deeply saddened to say that Archie Spriggs - a pupil at Rushbury Primary School - tragically died yesterday.

“Archie was a wonderful, bubbly boy and a much loved member of our school.

"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.”

The scene of the house on Rushbury Road this morning


A 44-year-old woman, named locally as Lesley Speed and believed to be Archie's mother, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

She remains in hospital receiving treatment for injuries to her neck and arm.

Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.


Cathy Griffiths, a neighbour, said: "There were lots of police, air ambulance and other ambulances here last night.

"The road was closed. I was very shocked to hear what happened. The woman was very friendly and the little boy would often play in the area.

"It is shocking and awful."

Another neighbour who did not wish to be named said: "The little boy was a friendly, lovely little boy. He went to the nearby primary school and was popular."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said the family had lived in the area for several years.

He said: "Whatever the exact circumstances it’s extremely sad. "Although most of these houses are either rented or social housing, it’s the sort of place where we look out for each other without intruding on each other’s lives.

"The family have lived here about two or three years. The little boy used to play with all the children here and went to Rushbury School."

Anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to call 101 quoting incident 628 of September 21.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via

Nathan Rowden

By Nathan Rowden

Digital journalist based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Interested in breaking news and social media.

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