Tributes pour in for Blackpool boy, 9, who died after being struck by lightning

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“There are no words for such a tragedy.”

Emergency services were called to the playing fields off School Road and Jepson Way
Emergency services were called to the playing fields off School Road and Jepson Way (Image: Google)

A community is mourning the tragic death of a young boy after he was struck by lightning.

The nine-year-old was playing on a football field in Blackpool yesterday (May 11) during a heavy storm when the incident happened.

Several police vehicles and an air ambulance were called to the pitches off School Road shortly after 5pm to reports a child had been injured.

Police believe the boy had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

The child, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

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

Tributes have been pouring in for the boy, with messages of condolence from football clubs, the local community and beyond.

The child had been playing at the Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club’s home ground at Common Edge, and while he was not a player at the club, tributes have been paid.

A spokesperson for Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.

“The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but, Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.

“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.

“Rest in peace young man.”

The local community has been rocked by the news, with heartfelt messages of love spreading across social media, including on LancsLive’s Facebook page.

Angela Dunne said: “Absolutely tragic our hearts goes out to his family.”

Grace Field said: “Rest in peace little one. Tragic tragedy xx thoughts are with his family and every other person his life touched xx”

Isabell French added: “Tragedy my whole heartedly ache in my heart for the boy and his family R. I. P Little man.”

“This poor boy and his family, there just aren’t any words,” Anuska Cottle said.

Janet Treharne added: “There are no words for such a tragedy. My thoughts are with his family. Big hugs to you all x”

In a statement issued yesterday, 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.”

School Road was shut between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but reopened shortly after 7pm.

An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.

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.