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Tributes pour in for young Fylde footballer who passed away on Saturday

Posted on - 8th March, 2021 - 12:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston News
Luke Bennet Pic: AFC Fylde

Tributes are pouring in for a 17-year-old footballer who tragically passed away over the weekend.

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Luke Bennett was a youth footballer for AFC Fylde and is described as being someone “who could instantly light up a room.”

He died on Saturday night in a freak accident with an overhead electrical cable on Runshaw Hall Lane, Euxton.

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Two others were injured in the incident.

AFC Fylde shared this statement: “It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we must share the tragic news that AFC Fylde youth player Luke Bennett has passed away at the age of 17.

“Learning the news on Saturday evening has left us absolutely devastated and heartbroken. All our love goes out to Luke’s family and friends at this cruel and difficult time.

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“Above all, Luke was a kind, popular young man who was much loved by his teammates and coaches. He was somebody who could instantly light up a room with his bubbly personality. Then, on the field, he was a naturally gifted footballer who excelled every time he represented AFC Fylde.

“The pain of Luke’s sudden and untimely passing will be felt by our football club, supporters and all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him.

“Rest in peace, “Lukey B”. The memory of you will always be in our hearts.”

Runshaw Hall Lane Pic: Google
Emergency services were called to Runshaw Hall Lane Pic: Google

Police believe the teens may have touched an overhead electrical line with a metal pole.

Insp John McNamara of Lancashire Police said: “This appalling incident has led to the tragic death of a young man and my thoughts are first and foremost with his family and loved ones at this time. The family are being supported by specially trained officers.

“An investigation is underway and remains in its very early stages but I would appeal to anyone who has any information to get in touch with us by calling 101 and quoting log 1241 of March 6th.”

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