Tragic Vicki Archer’s stepdad ‘begged for assist’ to get into her home after she walked out of BBC radio present and killed herself

Tragic Vicki Archer’s stepdad ‘begged for assist’ to get into her home after she walked out of BBC radio present and killed herself

A DEVASTATED neighbour of tragic BBC radio presenter Vicki Archer has revealed how her stepdad pleaded for a ladder to get into her home after fear

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A DEVASTATED neighbour of tragic BBC radio presenter Vicki Archer has revealed how her stepdad pleaded for a ladder to get into her home after fearing for her security when she walked out of her present part-way by a broadcast.

The 41-year-old mum-of-three informed colleagues she was “upset” when she left the Radio Shropshire slot she co-presented at 5pm.

Vicki Archer left her present whereas it was on air and was discovered lifeless at her dwelling hours later

Three hours later she was discovered lifeless in her loft by stepdad Lee Holyoake, 64.

Neighbour Chris Williams, 82, recalled the night on August 6 this yr when Vicki took her personal life at her three-bed semi-detached home in Shrewsbury.

She mentioned: “I used to be in my kitchen making the dinner with my daughter simply after 5pm.

“We noticed Vicki park her automotive on our highway and stroll previous the window in the direction of her home.

Chris Williams informed how Vicki was a stunning particular person
©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media

“I mentioned to my daughter, ‘Vicki’s dwelling early’. It was odd for 2 causes – she ought to have been on the native radio till 7pm and he or she was not utilizing her personal driveway.

“Afterward we had been sitting within the backyard having fun with the heatwave once we heard a knock on the door. It was Vicki’s stepfather and he was asking if he may borrow a ladder.

“My daughter obtained one from our neighbour and went along with her stepfather whereas he climbed up the ladder and obtained in to the home by way of a bed room window.

“He got here down and didn’t say something. Later we noticed all of the emergency companies on the home and knew one thing tragic should have occurred.”

Vicki Archer, 41, co-hosted her usual 3-7pm BBC Radio Shropshire show on Monday but left just before 5pm
Vicki Archer, 41, co-hosted her standard 3-7pm BBC Radio Shropshire present however left simply earlier than 5pm

Paying tribute to the mum-of-three Chris, a retired care supervisor, added: “She was such a jolly and bubbly girl with a gorgeous smile and three beautiful kids. It’s simply so unhappy to assume she’s not right here anymore”.

One other neighbour, who wished to stay nameless, mentioned: “It’s a whole tragedy. My son was in school with Vicki in the identical yr group and they’re all devastated by what has occurred.

“I used to see her driving out on her bike on the weekend along with her three kids. They seemed so joyful and he or she all the time had this vibrant persona.

“She was so bubbly on the radio and all the time having amusing. If anybody ever talked about dunking biscuits she would go mad as she was very against it.”

One other neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, added: “She was a really personal particular person however she had a stunning smile and would all the time provide you with a cheery howdy. It’s simply very unhappy.”

Vicki presented the 3-7pm afternoon show with Adam Green, pictured
BBC Radio Shropshire

Vicki introduced the 3-7pm afternoon present with Adam Inexperienced, pictured[/caption]

The BBC Radio Shropshire host posted this photograph on Twitter earlier this week

The BBC Radio Shropshire host posted this last {photograph} on Twitter[/caption]

Vicki, who had cut up from her husband, suffered from despair and had made two earlier suicide bids, Shropshire coroner’s courtroom heard.

She’d additionally tweeted about “hurtful gossip” within the days earlier than her loss of life.

On Wednesday Coroner John Ellery concluded Vicki died on account of suicide.

A press release learn to the listening to on behalf of Vicki’s stepdad Mr Holyoake mentioned he made efforts to revive her however she was pronounced lifeless by paramedics at about 8.20pm.

In his assertion, Mr Holyoake mentioned “alarm bells began to ring” after he and Ms Archer’s 73-year-old mum Beryl had been informed she had left work early and obtained no response when knocking at her door.

Vicki Archer was discovered lifeless at her dwelling on August 6
The autopsy examination steered alcohol and medicines didn’t play an element in her loss of life
SWNS:South West Information Service

In a press release issued after the inquest, members of the presenter’s household mentioned: “We nonetheless can’t consider that Vicki’s not right here.

“Her zest for all times was infectious, she was an exquisite mom and daughter, and her appeal introduced a smile to all those that knew her. She may mild up a room.

“Whereas we’ll all the time miss her, we wish to keep in mind and have fun the whole lot that she achieved, which is why, within the spring, we’re planning a memorial celebration of her life.

“However within the meantime we wish to thank everybody for his or her help and kindness serving to us by our immeasurable loss.”

Vicki’s stepdad needed to get a ladder from her neighbour to get into the house
©AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media
Paramedics pronounced Vicki Archer lifeless on the scene


David Jennings, the BBC’s head of regional programmes for the West Midlands, mentioned: “We’re heartbroken at Vicki’s loss of life.

“Everybody right here at Radio Shropshire revered her as an excellent presenter and journalist, however a lot greater than that we liked the sense of enjoyable she dropped at her reveals and the station.

“Her loss leaves an enormous void. Our ideas are along with her household at this unhappy time.”

Ms Archer had introduced the afternoon drivetime present at BBC Radio Shropshire with co-host Adam Inexperienced since 2010.

She had additionally had a profitable profession in industrial radio and as an occasion host and voiceover artist.

IF you’re having suicidal ideas, affected by anxiousness or despair or simply wish to discuss, name The Samaritans on 116 123.