Church Stretton horror: Woman arrested on suspicion of murder after boy, 7, found dead at house

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

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a boy, 7, was found dead in a house near Church Stretton.

Officers at the scene on Rushbury Road. Inset: Lesley Speed

The body of Archie Spriggs was discovered last night and a 44-year-old woman, named locally as Lesley Speed and believed to be Archie's mother, has been arrested today.

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

Lesley Speed. Picture: Facebook

Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

West Mercia Police is understood not to be looking for anyone else in connection with the incident - but a police cordon is in place around a property in the village of Rushbury.


Officers were called to the address on Rushbury Road at 6.15pm yesterday, and an investigation is ongoing into the tragedy.

The headteacher of Rushbury C of E Primary School, where Archie was a pupil, has paid tribute to a 'wonderful, bubbly boy'.

Police outside Rushbury C or E Primary School

Superintendent Tom Harding said last night: "There was significant police activity at the address on Thursday evening and we expect that this will continue through today as we try to establish what has taken place.


"Our thoughts are with the family of the young child and we will continue to support them as our investigation progresses."

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called to a property on Rushbury Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire shortly after 6pm last night. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

"Sadly, when ambulance staff arrived they found a boy who they were unable to revive and he was confirmed dead on scene.

"A woman was also found with multiple serious injuries. The team worked to administer vital trauma care on scene before she was airlifted to hospital."

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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