Family tribute to Jordan Banks who was ‘the most selfless little boy’

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Tributes have also poured in for Jordan Banks from the England football team, Liverpool FC and MPs in the House of Commons

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks

The heartbroken aunt and uncle of Jordan Banks who was killed by a lightning strike in Blackpool have paid tribute to the ‘poor wee soul’.

The nine-year-old, a pupil at Stanley Primary School, died after being seriously injured on a football field near School Road just after 5pm on Tuesday evening (May 11).

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Carol Wilkie and Brian Low have paid touching tributes to their tragic nephew, saying ‘God has taken one of a kind’.

Aunt Carol said: “My nephew’s wee boy was struck with lightning and killed when out playing football. So tragic. He was 9.

“It’s just horrible. Poor wee soul didn’t deserve this.

“It’s so heartbreaking. Can’t get over it.”

Uncle Brian said: “It was my nephew’s son, he was struck by lightning playing football down in Blackpool.

“Fly high young man.”

Another aunt of Jordan’s, Michelle Low said: “There are simply no words, God bless you Jordan.

“God has taken one of a kind, love aunty shell.” x

Posting a link to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the youngster – which has reached over £60,000 – Michelle added: “In memory of the most selfless little boy, much loved.”

Meanwhile numerous other family members changed their profile pictures to a football with the words ‘For Jordan x’.

The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy
The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy

In a statement released on Wednesday by Lancashire Police, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped.

“We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.

“We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

The England football team have offered their condolences and described what happened as “so sad”.

They tweeted: “We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Jordan Banks’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

“@LancashireFA is in contact with @Clifton_jfc and will continue to provide support to them.”

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

Blackpool Tower was lit up red in honour of Jordan, who was reportedly a Liverpool fan, while footballers and clubs paid tribute to him on social media.

A statement on Liverpool Football Club’s Twitter said: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jordan Banks,” while Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “A special boy taken far too soon.”

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up in memory of the youngster, with one raising more than £60,000 by Thursday morning from more than 3,000 donors.

Jordan was described as “a shining light and inspiration to everyone” by his football club.

MPs also paid tribute to Jordan during a House of Commons debate on community football.

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans told the chamber: “Can I on behalf of the Speaker and the British Parliament send our condolences to his family and to all his teammates at the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club and all his friends.

“The hearts of the British Parliament and our love go to you all.”

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston sent the Government’s condolences to Jordan’s family and friends, adding: “The club and the local community are clearly devastated by his loss, as evidenced by the absolute outpouring on social media, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this incredibly difficult time.”

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.”

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 May 11.

Police investigating comment posted about Jordan Banks on social media

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Officers from North Wales Police have confirmed that they are investigating after a certain comment was made online

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

An investigation is underway after a comment was made on social media following the death of Jordan Banks.

Nine-year-old Jordan tragically died after he was struck by lightning on Tuesday evening (May 11), while playing football for Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club’s Under 9s team.

Numerous police vehicles and an air ambulance rushed to the playing fields off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured shortly after 5pm.

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

He was later named as Jordan Banks, pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool and massive Liverpool FC fan.

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

Social media has been flooded with tributes and messages of love in the aftermath of his death.

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks (Image: Submitted)

However, police in North Wales have confirmed that they are investigating after a certain comment was made online last night (May 12).

The comment has sparked outrage, with officers now asking people not to hinder the investigation.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: “Flintshire Residents. We are aware of a comment which was posted on Social Media last night.

“We just want to inform everyone that the matter is currently under investigation and we discourage any actions which may hinder the active investigation.”

The news of Jordan’s death has rocked the community in Blackpool, with tributes being laid at the fields off School Road, as well as his primary school.

The Blackpool Tower was also lit up in red last night in memory of him.

Jordan’s family released a heartfelt statement yesterday, which read: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan. His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy. We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

Lancashire Police had appealed for witnesses and information following the tragedy.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt 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.”

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 May 11.

Blackpool hotel where guests live were at risk over lack of fire safety

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“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.”

Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool
Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool

A Blackpool hotel owner put guests’ lives at risk after allowing one of his three venues to ‘go to rack and ruin’.

At Preston Crown Court today (May 13) Aheed Sultan was sentenced after breaching a raft of fire safety regulations at the five-floor Plaza Beach Hotel in Blackpool.

Today’s hearing took place in Sultan’s absence because of his ‘worsening mental state and physical health’. A psychiatric report confirmed the 77-year-old has Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Prosecutor Joe Hart said: “A multi-multi-agency operation was carried out and on September 4 in 2017 a fire safety team leader visited the premises.”

During the inspection of the Albert Road hotel firefighters found fire doors had been wedged open, other self-closing doors didn’t work and one fire door could not be opened.

“Means of escape was not sufficient and if a fire had occurred the relevant persons would have been at risk of death or injury,” Mr Hart said.

“Fire safety begins when pen is put to paper and a company thinks through the problems a premises presents. A suitable fire risk assessment simply hadn’t been carried out.”

Inspectors also found the basement area of the hotel was being used to store bed bases, mattresses and other combustible materials. The staircase leading from the flat to the basement was ‘stacked full’ of combustible materials.

“The fire alarm panel was showing a fire on the second floor but there was no fire,” Mr Hart added.

“Not one of the employees understood how to operate the fire alarm system. Blue tac had been placed into the fault buzzer to deaden the sound.”

Some of the emergency lighting in the hotel, formerly called the Silver Beach Hotel, did not have power and locks on some doors meant they could not be easily and quickly opened if a fire started.

The defects ‘were so severe’ that a prohibition notice was served preventing guests from stopping in certain rooms of the hotel until work was carried out.

Sultan was asked to attend an interview on three occasions but failed to do so. The court heard he has previous food hygiene convictions dating back to 2009 and 2015 and he has entered guilty pleas to the six fire safety offences.

Defence barrister Adam Lodge said the defendant’s son, Dr Adnan Sultan, now has power of attorney over his father’s finances.

“Clearly at the time of the investigations carried out this particular hotel, one of three, was in a very poor state of affairs,” Mr Lodge said.

“There was a risk of death but we submit that was a very low risk. He was already beginning to suffer from his health conditions which may explain why this happened.

“One would simply struggle to understand why an individual would let his hotels go to rack and ruin.

“He was suffering from mental health at the time and may not have been as diligent as he had previously.”

The court heard that Sultan owes £207,763 in unpaid taxes and all three of his company have since been dissolved. He now receives state benefits, is entitled to legal aid, and lives with his son.

The judge, Philip Parry, said he was disappointed no financial information had been provided to the court by Sultan’s son in order to allow him to assess his father’s assets ahead of sentencing.

“I have given opportunity after opportunity to be provided with the sort of financial information that I need.

“They were warned I would be able to draw reasonable inferences that they could pay any financial penalty if they failed to provide this information.”

Judge Parry said Sultan had put guests at ‘great risk’.

“He didn’t pay adequate attention to the responsibilities that he had for fire safety,” the judge said.

“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.

“There were no fire safety precautions taken overall.”

Sultan, of The Avenue in Loughton, Essex, was fined £7,700 and ordered to pay a £7,300 contribution towards costs.

 

The sort of boy Blackpool’s little hero Jordan Banks was

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Jordan Banks was tragically killed after being struck by lightning while playing football in Blackpool

A community has been rocked by his death
A community has been rocked by his death (Image: Submitted)

A community is in mourning this week after a nine-year-old boy from Blackpool sadly died.

Jordan Banks was “doing what he loved”, playing football for Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club’s Under 9s team, when he was struck by lightning on Tuesday evening (May 11).

Shortly after 5pm numerous police vehicles and an air ambulance attended the scene off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

He was later named as Jordan Banks, pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool and massive Liverpool FC fan.

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

While news of the incident has sent shockwaves through the community and across the country, many people have remembered the “extraordinary” person Jordan was – a ‘shining light’ in Blackpool.

Jordan was an avid fundraiser and raised thousands earlier this year when he decided to take on a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.


Jordan Banks has decided to run 30 miles in honour of what would have been his uncle Reece’s 30th birthday, who lost his life due to mental health issues, to raise money for Counselling in the Community, Blackpool (Image: Submitted)

He managed to run 30 miles over a 10 day period and even received a heart-warming message from Liverpool FC’s vice-captain James Milner for his wonderful efforts.

Milner said: “Hi Jordan, how’s it going? I’ve heard that you’re doing an amazing thing in raising funds for counselling in honour of your uncle Reece. I think running a marathon is an incredible feat, and it’s difficult with people doing it with legs a lot bigger than yours, but to do 30 miles is incredible.

“I heard you get called mini Milner because you’re very determined, so that’s an amazing skill to have, never ever give up and I hear you’ve been out in all weather fighting in the cold and the rain, so you keep going, and keep doing what you’re doing mate.

“Just remember you’ll never walk alone, all the boys are behind you and I’ll send you a couple of shirts – one for yourself for doing an amazing thing and another that you can hopefully raise a bit of money from and put it towards all the money you’re raising.

“Well done bud, it’s an amazing achievement and you should be very proud.”

Jordan gave himself a £100 target for the run – but ended up smashing the £3,000 mark.

Back in January, Lancashire Police also praised the youngster after they discovered he had left sweet treats on police vehicles.

"Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles"
“Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles”

Speaking on January 2, a spokesperson for Blackpool police said: “Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles today.

“We want to say a massive thank you to Jordan! You have most definitely cheered us up today.”

‘Jordan was a shining light’

Tributes have been pouring in for Jordan, with flowers, football shirts and messages left at the scene of the playing pitch, as well as outside his primary school.

In an emotional statement, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan. His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything. Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy. We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club made the following statement: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.

Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School
Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

“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.

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

“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.

“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”

Liverpool FC’s James Milner also paid a heartfelt tribute to Jordan, saying: “A special boy taken far too soon. RIP Jordan, YNWA.”

Following the tragic incident, police are appealing for witnesses and information.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt 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.”

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 May 11.

 

 

 

Blackpool’s biggest nightclub at former Home & HQ site set to open next week

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Trilogy night club in Talbot Square will be the town’s biggest night club when fully open on June 21 to receive customers however clubbers can go inside for a drink on May 17.

Trilogy night club will open up in two phases - seating only in May then launch in June
Trilogy night club will open up in two phases – seating only in May then launch in June (Image: Trilogy night club)

A new triple level nightclub is set come to Blackpool in June and will be opening up its first room earlier in May in line with government restrictions.

Trilogy night club in Talbot Square at the former Home & HQ site will be the town’s biggest night club when fully open on June 21 to receive customers however clubbers can go inside for a drink on May 17.

The “triple scene” club will be table service and seated parties at no more than six people, as per Covid guidelines, and booking is not essential but advised.

The venue will be open every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm till late.

Local DJ Lee Jester Watson will playing commercial dance hits and favourite tunes from R&B to pop and there will be plenty of giveaways and offers.

Trilogy night club in Blackpool used to be Home and HQ on Talbot Square
Trilogy night club in Blackpool used to be Home and HQ on Talbot Square (Image: Trilogy night club)

On June 21 there will be a launch event called “Independence Day” where all three levels will be open for clubbers to explore and enjoy music from all genres under one roof.

Site Director Matt Taylor said: “The news of our two phased opening has had a phenomenal reception. We’re back in time for the busy bank holiday weekend so we advise people to book well in advance.”

The venue used to be the Home & HQ nightclub however after a full refurbishment with three new separate levels it is unrecognisable.

New wooden flooring has been put down on some levels, VIP booths put in upstairs and new booths and screens have been set up in level one.

The club was due to open just before the first lockdown in March 2020 however was unable to due to the closure of all non essential businesses.


New floors being put down in the Trilogy Nightclub.

It then had a brief opening for one weekend in October 2020 before a second national lockdown was announced.

Director Matt said: “It’s been an absolute rollercoaster of a year and we haven’t had the chance to open to our full potential yet.

“We’re so glad to be getting back to adding to the night time economy and providing jobs for the people of Blackpool.

“We can’t wait to welcome people inside in May and then for our full launch in June.”

To find out more about Trilogy nightclub’s opening, please the website here.