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.