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Radio host meant to take own life: coroner

BBC radio presenter Vicki Archer
BBC radio presenter Vicki Archer

By Matthew Cooper

A BBC radio presenter found dead at her home hours after leaving work intended to take her own life, a coroner has ruled.

Shropshire Coroner's Court was told that Vicki Archer, who left work part-way through a drivetime show, had a history of depression and had made two previous attempts on her life.

The 41-year-old, who had emailed a colleague at BBC Radio Shropshire saying she was feeling upset, was found hanged in the loft of her house in Woodcote Way, Shrewsbury, on August 6 this year.

Coroner John Ellery was told the divorced mother-of-three, who left work at about 5pm, was found by her stepfather, Lee Holyoake, around three hours later.

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