Family of Jordan Banks who died after being struck by lightning speak out

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The grieving family of a nine-year-old who died after being struck by lightning on a football field have paid tribute to their "brightest star".

Jordan Banks was seriously injured in Blackpool, Lancashire after being hit by a bolt at around 5.05pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and the youngster was taken to hospital.

But he tragically later died.

In a statement, Jordan’s family said the schoolboy was their "everything".

His 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.”

Lancashire Constabulary said his family is being supported by officers and the force's “thoughts remain with them and everyone affected by this tragedy”.

Spirit of Youth, a junior football club, confirmed the tragedy took place at their home ground.

Jordan, a middle child of three, was not a player at the club.

His own team, Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, said the world has "truly lost an extraordinary young man".

A club spokesman 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.

"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."

Back in January, Liverpool FC fan Jordan received a special message from one of his favourite players, James Milner.

It came after Jordan ran a marathon in honour of a close family member, his uncle Reece, who had died.

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