Blackpool boy, 9, killed after being struck by lightning named and pictured as tributes pour in

A nine-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by lightning has been named.

The boy was playing football on a pitch in Blackpool yesterday, May 11, after severe thunderstorms hit the area.

He was rushed to hospital shortly after 5 p.m. reports Lancs Live.

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

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The officers believe the boy had been struck by lightning, although investigations are still ongoing.

He was locally named Jordan Banks, a pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool.

Jordan, the middle child of three, was a huge Liverpool FC fan.

LancsLive reported in January this year how he received a special message from one of his favorite LFC footballers, James Milner, after running a marathon in honor of a loved one who committed suicide in 2018.

Earlier today, heartfelt tributes including flowers, football shirts and messages were left at the playground.

Tributes also poured in for the youngster on social media.

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Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club have sent a message of condolence following the tragic incident that took place at their ground in Common Edge. Jordan was not a club player.

A Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club spokesperson said: “It is with the greatest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at the Common Edge playing fields, but it was not during a club training session.

“The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but Spirit of Youth is a family and we are rooted in the local community, and we will provide whatever support is needed to both the family and those who were with him. him in time.

“We ask people to respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic time.

“Rest in peace young man.”



Floral tributes were left for the nine-year-old

Jordan, who played for the Under-9 team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, was described as “an inspiration to everyone he met”.

A club spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we announce that yesterday’s tragic incident involved one of our own players.

“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away last night doing what he loved. Jordan was a shining light and an inspiration to all he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man who will be missed by all. world.

“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,

“We can’t begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to everyone and his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

“The Club will work with The FA to support the family and anyone affected by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, as we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not ‘ll comment no further.

“Fly high young man, sleep well and God bless you.”

In a statement released yesterday, Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: ‘This is a truly devastating incident and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young boy, who died, at this very sad and distressing time.”

A call for witnesses and information is underway, police confirmed.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who has witnessed it and has not yet spoken to the police, is asked to contact 101, quoting newspaper 1169 of May 11.

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