A nine-year-old boy has been killed after being ‘struck by lightning’ during a football practice session in Blackpool.
According to BBC News, officers were called just after 5pm on Tuesday after receiving reports that a child had been injured.
Emergency services attended the scene and the boy was taken to hospital but died shortly after.
Det Supt Nick Connaughton said in a statement: “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.”
Spirit of Youth Junior FC, who use the pitch for their sessions, have said that the boy was taking part in private coaching lessons.
A statement about the tragic death has been released on their Facebook page, it reads: “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.
“As a club, we are heartbroken and we offer our deepest condolences to the boy’s family.
“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.
“Rest in peace young man.”
Daniel Pack, the club’s secretary, said that three teams had been scheduled to train this weekend but these sessions have now been cancelled.
Locals have been sending their condolences to the young boy’s family via the social media page.
“The whole of Blackpool is sending love,” one person wrote.
Another added: “So sorry for your loss. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”
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