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Nine-year-old killed after being struck by lightning named as Jordan Banks

Written by on 12 May 2021

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

Police officers were called shortly after 5pm on Tuesday to fields near to School Road after reports a child had been injured.

Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

It is believed the boy was struck by lightning, although inquiries are still ongoing.

The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

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

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

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CJ Campbell described Jordan as his best friend in school

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

He left flowers and a football with a message written on it in memory his friend.

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

“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved.

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

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

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

The club said they would be working to support those with Jordan at the time of the incident and his family.

The statement finished with: “Fly high young man, sleep tight and god bless.”

Before he died Jordan was raising money for mental health services in honour of his uncle who took his own life in 2018.

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Jordan Banks in fundraising video

He raised £2,500 by running 30 miles in ten days.

His efforts attracted the attention of his hero Liverpool footballer James Milner, who sent him a video congratulating him on his “incredible” work.

In the clip, Milner said: “Just remember you never walk alone, all the boys are behind you… well done bud you should be very proud.”

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James Milner praises fundraising efforts

Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

Road closures in place following the incident have now been lifted.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of 11 May.

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