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Nine-year-old killed after being struck by lightning named Jordan Banks | UK News

A nine-year-old boy who died after apparently being struck by lightning on a football pitch in Blackpool has been named Jordan Banks.

Police were called shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday to fields near School Road after learning that a child had been injured.

Emergency services came and the boy was rushed to hospital but died soon after.

The boy is believed to have been struck by lightning, although investigations are still ongoing.

The boy’s family have been notified and are being supported by agents.

Tributes were paid to Jordan and flowers and gifts were left at the scene of the incident.

Jordan’s best friend CJ Campbell told Sky News: “I started crying right away as soon as I heard [the news] because he’s my best friend in my class at school.

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CJ Campbell described Jordan as his best friend at school

“I was so shocked you wouldn’t expect to hear this news.”

He left flowers and a soccer ball with a message written on it in memory of his friend.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the Jordanian team of Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club said: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we report that yesterday’s tragic incident involved the one of our own players.

“Jordan from our U9 Bees, tragically passed away last night doing what he loved.

“Jordan has been a shining light and an inspiration to everyone he has met. A strong, determined and courageous young man who will be missed by all.

Tributes left at the scene
Groups gathered to mourn the nine-year-old who was struck by lightning while playing football

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

The club said they would work to support those who were with Jordan at the time of the incident and his family.


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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 10:50:00