Shrewsbury primary school murder: Three arrested after body found in grounds of Harlescott Junior School

Children have not been able to go back to school after Christmas

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Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in the grounds of a primary school.

The body of a woman, thought to be in her early 20s, was discovered by a police officer at Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury just before midnight yesterday after concerns were raised for the safety of a local, West Mercia Police said.

Two men - one aged 32 and another 39 - and a 31-year-old woman are all being questioned by detectives over the death.

Pupils had been set to return to lessons today, following the Christmas holidays, but the school in Featherbed Lane is to remain shut while investigations continue until Wednesday at the earliest.

Police outside Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury after a woman was found dead

The killing in the school grounds school is not linked to the death of another woman whose body was found at a nearby business on Christmas Eve, police said.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “A 32-year-old man, a 31-year-old woman and 39-year-old man have all been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“Officers are currently carrying out forensic examinations at the school.

“Pupils were due to return to school tomorrow following the Christmas holidays but the decision has been taken to keep the school closed while investigations continue.

“Police hope to have completed their examination of the site tomorrow to allow the school to reopen on Wednesday.”

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place on the victim, whose next of kin has been informed of her death.