9-year-old boy killed by lightning strike while playing football

12 Mai, 2021, 20:23 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Police at the scene

A nine year old boy has died after being struck by lightning strike in a thunderstorm in Blackpool.

"We can not begin to imagine the grief of the family".

'It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

Emergency services attended and the boy, named in reports as Jordan Banks, was taken to hospital but died a short time later, the force added.

The boy's family have been informed and are being supported by officers, the spokesman said.

The boy who died after apparently being struck by lightning while playing football has been described as an "inspiration".

One of Jordan's best friends, CJ, and his father, laid flowers and a football on the field. "He loved it. He played it every day and at school with me".

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In a statement the club said they are "heartbroken" by the death of the boy, who they added was not taking part in a club training session.

Friends, team-mates and people from across Blackpool are leaving tributes of flowers and footballs at Common Edge playing fields, in memory of Stanley Primary School pupil Jordan Banks.

"Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time".

While more are injured, on average in the United Kingdom two people are killed by lightning every year.

There were an estimated 3,000 lightning strikes across northern England between 16:00 BST and midnight on Tuesday.

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