Boy fatally struck by lightning on United Kingdom soccer field

A police spokesman said

Police were called to the Blackpool grounds after reports a child was injured Credit Mirrorpix

A 9-year-old boy has died in northern England after being hit by lightning.

Football shirts have also been left at the scene, bearing messages of condolence for Jordan's family.

In a Facebook post, the club said the youngster was "a shining light and an inspiration to everyone that he met" and "a strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone". It is thought he was undergoing a private coaching session when the incident occurred.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning at about 17:00 BST but died a short time later, Lancashire Police said.

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A statement from his family said "our worlds stopped" when they lost "our attractive boy".

The boy is believed to have been taking part in a one-to-one football training session on the field at the end of School Road, South Shore, when he was struck at around 5.05pm today, May 11.

One of his best friends, CJ, and his father laid flowers and a football on the field.

"He was very kind and caring. He loved it. He played it every day and at school with me".

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Blackpool Council, which owns the playing fields, said it was flying the town hall's flag at half-mast in tribute to Jordan.

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.

"The whole committee is devastated and our thoughts are with the boy and his family and the coach", he said.

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

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Officers believe he was struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

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