Nine-year-old UK schoolboy Jordan Banks 'killed by lightning' while playing football

'Courageous young man' was taken to hospital but did not survive his injuries

Jordan Banks, 9, who died after apparently being struck by lightning in the north of England, was remembered by his football team as an 'extraordinary young man'. JustGiving
Jordan Banks, 9, who died after apparently being struck by lightning in the north of England, was remembered by his football team as an 'extraordinary young man'. JustGiving

A schoolboy who was apparently struck by lightning on a football pitch in northern England has been remembered as an “extraordinary young man”.

The boy, 9, identified by his football club as Jordan Banks, was taken to hospital but died on Tuesday evening.

Emergency services had earlier responded to reports of a seriously injured child at a football field in Blackpool.

Police said inquiries were ongoing but officers believe he was struck by lightning.

Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, Jordan's team, paid tribute to him on its Facebook page.

"Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved,” the club said.

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

The club said it would be working to support those who were with Jordan on the football field.

"Fly high young man, sleep tight and God bless,” it said.

Det Supt Nick Connaughton from Lancashire Police said Jordan’s death was devastating.

“Our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time,” he said.

Updated: May 12, 2021 07:50 PM

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