BBC presenter's stepfather begged neighbour for ladder to get into her house

The stepfather of the BBC radio presenter who killed herself midway through her show asked a neighbour for a ladder to help get into her house.

Vicki Archer, 41, was found dead at home by her stepfather just hours after leaving a radio station part through her afternoon slot to drive home - telling colleagues she was 'upset'. 

The mother-of-three had been co-hosting the 3-7pm BBC Radio Shropshire show with Adam Green when she abruptly went off the air shortly before 5pm. 

Vicki Archer, 41, was found dead at home by her step-father just hours after leaving her radio show part way through a broadcast

Vicki Archer, 41, was found dead at home by her step-father just hours after leaving her radio show part way through a broadcast

Neighbour Chris Williams, 82, had questioned why Ms Archer was returning home early to her three-bedroom semi-detached property in Shrewsbury at August 6 after seeing her car parked. 

She said: 'I said to my daughter, 'Vicki's home early'. It was odd for two reasons – she should have been on the local radio until 7pm and she was not using her own driveway.

'Later on we were sitting in the garden enjoying the heatwave when we heard a knock at the door. It was Vicki's stepfather and he was asking if he could borrow a ladder.

'My daughter got one from our neighbour and went with her stepfather while he climbed up the ladder and got in to the house via a bedroom window.'

Lee Holyoake, 64, did not say anything when he emerged from the property, but Ms Williams knew something was wrong when emergency services rushed to the scene.

Ms Williams, a retired care managed, told The Sun: 'She was such a jolly and bubbly woman with a beautiful smile and three lovely children. It's just so sad to think she's not here anymore'.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: 'It's a complete tragedy. My son was at school with Vicki in the same year group and they are all devastated by what has happened.

Another anonymous neighbour added: 'She was a very private person but she had a lovely smile and would always give you a cheery hello. It's just very sad.'   

The mother-of-three had presented the 3-7pm BBC Radio Shropshire show with her co-host of eight years Adam Green (pictured above with Ms Archer)

The mother-of-three had presented the 3-7pm BBC Radio Shropshire show with her co-host of eight years Adam Green (pictured above with Ms Archer)

An inquest heard how she told BBC colleagues she needed 'a break' before she returned to her home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

In the days leading up to her death, she had retweeted posts about inner demons and mental health issues.

She also shared links to the Samaritans' hotline number and wrote about 'hurtful gossip' saying: 'Gossip is rarely kind, positive or encouraging. It's corrosive, hurtful and normally has nothing to do with you.

'You don't need to be part of it. Say no thanks and move away.' 

Mr Holyoake discovered Vicki's lifeless body at around 8.15pm after he went round to fix her cooker along with her 73-year-old mum Beryl.

He climbed in through an open window after getting no answer when he tried knocking the door, and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Nothing could be done to save the popular broadcaster and she was pronounced dead at 8.21pm.

Shropshire Coroners Court heard Ms Archer had made two previous attempts to take her life and had suffered from depression.

Vicki Archer told colleagues she was 'upset' before leaving work, where she was a popular presenter

Vicki Archer told colleagues she was 'upset' before leaving work, where she was a popular presenter

Vicki Archer and Adam Green joking during their appearance on Sport Relief 2014, where they became hockey players 

Vicki Archer and Adam Green joking during their appearance on Sport Relief 2014, where they became hockey players 

Today, Shropshire Coroner John Ellery concluded Ms Archer had died as a result of suicide.

He said: 'Victoria had made two previous attempts to take her own life in the past and suffered from depression.

'Victoria left her radio show in mid-air and she said she was going for a break.

'My conclusion is Victoria did do the act that led to her death.

'She intended to kill herself, and that leads me to the inevitable conclusion of suicide.

In the days leading up to her sudden death, Ms Archer wrote about 'hurtful and corrosive gossip'

In the days leading up to her sudden death, Ms Archer wrote about 'hurtful and corrosive gossip'

Ms Archer had also retweeted mental health advice including this from 'Tiny Buddha'

Ms Archer had also retweeted mental health advice including this from 'Tiny Buddha'

'This is a tragic case for her family and our condolences are and must be with her children.'

The a statement read to the court, Mr Holyoake described the heartbreaking moment he found his step-daughter's body.

He said: 'At approximately 1pm on August 6, [Vicki's mother] Beryl and I called at her house to give her a necklace. I was gong to fix the cooker.

'Beryl said she was eating well and she appeared her

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