A BOY aged 13 has died after being found hanged at his Sheffield home.
Ritchie Allsop, of Sheffield Road, Chapeltown, was found unconscious in the maisonette he shared with his mum and family.
Attempts were made to revive him before Ritchie was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious. A post-mortem examination has been carried out and an inquest was expected to be opened today.
Ritchie’s mum Lisa Brown, 39, is a part-time supervisor at The Barrel pub opposite her maisonette.
Shocked neighbours spoke of their devastation at Ritchie’s death.
Dot Smith, 69, who lives in the same block, described Ritchie as ‘a beautiful little kid’.
“Ritchie was lovely - the whole family are,” she said. “I have known the family about a year since I moved here - they were already here.
“I used to see Ritchie coming in and out of the flats and if he saw me with my shopping bags he would always carry them up for me.
“He was really nice and friendly - really polite.
“We all feel terrible about his death. I will always remember him as smiling.”
Ken Rockward, 61, said he too was shocked.
“He was so young,” he said. “You never expect people of that age to die. The last time I saw Ritchie he was outside playing with a helicopter - he always seemed happy to me.
“Lisa and her family are good neighbours.”
Ritchie was a pupil at Ecclesfield School. Headteacher Rob Rossides said: “Richard Allsop joined Year 9 at Ecclesfield as recently as last November after transferring to us.
“His classmates, form tutor and Head of Year report him as being a very pleasant, cheerful and polite student who appeared to have settled in quickly and well at the school.
“I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we are all shocked and saddened by the news, and send our deepest condolences to his family.
“We will be considering appropriate ways to remember Richard at school - I know he will be missed greatly by his friends here.”
Tributes have been left on Ritchie’s Facebook site, including one from stepmum Linda Allsop who described Ritchie as ‘beautiful’.
“You have been taken from us far too early - we didn’t even say goodbye,” she said. “RIP my little man, the angels will protect you now.”
Pal Cara Rodgers said: “RIP Ritchie, you made everybody laugh. You will be missed by loads of people.”
Shelbi Louise added: “RIP Ritchie, will miss you loads. Had a laugh.”
A spokesman for The Barrel pub, where Ritchie’s mum has worked since September, said: “Our deepest sympathy goes to Ritchie’s family at this very sad time. We will look to provide any appropriate support.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police can confirm a 13-year-old boy has died after he was found unconscious at his home on School Road, Sheffield, just after 6pm on Friday.
“He was rushed to hospital but, sadly, he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.”
n A MAN has died after being found unconscious at his home in High Green, Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The 31-year-old was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later, a South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said. She confirmed police are not treating the death as suspicious.