9 year-old boy dies after being struck by lightning while playing football

A young boy has tragically died after being hit by lightning while playing on a football field during a storm, police say.

Emergency services raced to pitches in Blackpool, Lancashire shortly after 5pm on Tuesday after reports a child had been injured.

The victim was rushed to hospital with "serious injuries" but died a short time later, it has been confirmed.

Lancashire Police have said that, while enquiries are ongoing, it is thought that the boy was struck by lightning.

The child has not yet been named, reports LancsLive.

His family have been informed and are being supported by officers, the force added.

DS Nick Connaughton 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."

Spirit of Youth Junior FC, which uses the field, said the boy was taking part in a private coaching session, reports the BBC.

Club secretary Daniel Pack said three teams had been due to train this evening but the sessions were cancelled due to the storm.

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