A TEENAGER has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident at an Oswestry church.

West Mercia Police said that a 15 year old boy was left in a critical condition after being assaulted in the grounds of St Oswald's Church between 3 and 4 pm on Friday (August 24).

A spokesman said: "A 15 year old boy suffered serious injuries and is in hospital where his condition is described as critical.

"A 17 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in police custody."

Det Chief Insp Steve Tonks. who is leading the investigation, said: "There was some slight disruption to the church while we carried out our enquiries and preserved the scene to allow for further investigation and I'd like to thank the local community and those affected by this for their cooperation."

Regular patrols are being carried out in the area to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact West Mercia Police on 10, quoting reference 608s 240818, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.