Tributes to Sheffield tragic teen who died after a suspected fall from Hallam Towers

Tributes have been paid to a geography student from the University of Sheffield who has died due injuries consistent with a fall at the abandoned Hallam Tower Hotel.

Thomas Rhodes, 19, was found on Sunday afternoon in the ex-hotel on Manchester Road, Fullwood.

Thomas, who lived in the Wimberry block of Ranmoor student village, is said to have loved visiting the derelict hotel.

Isabel Croft, a first year student said: “I’ve been up there with him a few times with my flat, he loved it. I can’t believe what’s happened, it’s absolutely heart breaking news. He didn’t have a bad word to say about anybody and no one had a bad word to say about him.”

Helen Quinn, added: “Our flat knew him really well. Tom was the most genuine person I’ve ever met and I can’t believe he has died.”

Thomas was a valued student at the University of Sheffield.

Audrey Leadley, Head of Student Support and Guidance, said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our students and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time. The University is working to support everyone affected by this very upsetting incident.’

Detectives working on the case are appealing to anyone with information to please come forward.

Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons investigating said: “My thoughts are with Mr Rhodes family and friends who are understandably devastated by his death and we will continue to provide them with support and assistance.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are conducting various enquiries to ascertain and establish the exact circumstances surrounding Mr Rhodes death. At this time, we are still treating it as unexplained.

“I want to trace Mr Rhodes movements from the previous evening, Saturday, 25 March, and into the early hours of Sunday. Were you with Mr Rhodes? Do you remember seeing him?

“Please call police on 101 quoting incident number 713 of 26 March if you can help. Even the smallest piece of information could prove vital to the investigation.”


Written by Hannah Jones

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