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Woman sentenced to prison for murder of Archie Spriggs - Church Stretton, Shropshire

Following a West Mercia Police investigation, a 44-year-old woman has today (Tuesday 27 March) been sentenced to a life sentence, with a minimum term of 17 years and 180 days, for the murder of seven-year-old Archie Spriggs.

Lesley Speed, formerly of Rushbury Road, Rushbury, Church Stretton, was found guilty yesterday following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court which started on Thursday 8 March.
At around 6.15pm on Thursday 21 September last year, police were called to a property in Rushbury, near Church Stretton, where Archie was sadly found deceased.Lesley Speed
Lesley Speed

Archie's mother, Lesley Speed, was found with self-inflicted injuries to her neck and arm and was treated at hospital. She was arrested on suspicion of murder on the same day, and was later charged and remanded in custody on 27 September.
She was found guilty yesterday of murder by a unanimous verdict, and was sentenced at the same court this afternoon.
Archie's father has released the following statement: "The loss of Archie is, and continues to be, completely devastating to the whole family and we would like to ask for our privacy to continue to be respected. You should never have to bury your own child."

Following the court appearance, Superintendent Jason Wells, Policing Commander for Shropshire, said: "This was a difficult and distressing investigation from the outset, as Archie's life was taken at such a young age.
"We have supported Archie's family at every stage of the investigation and admire the strength and courage they have shown throughout. We extend our sincerest condolences to them and would continue to ask that the media respect their privacy at this incredibly difficult time.
"I would like to thank everyone who worked on the investigation in order to bring it to court. We understand the impact this case has had on the small community of Rushbury and in particular Archie's school. Our thoughts remain with everyone who has been affected by this extremely tragic case."

Issued: 2.50pm, Monday 26 March, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 27/03/18