Birmingham nightclub stabbing arrests as two detained after Cody Fisher killing | UK | News

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of footballer Cody Fisher who was stabbed to death at a Birmingham nightclub on Boxing Day, West Midlands Police said. The men are aged 21 and 22, according to the force.

Mr Fisher was stabbed while out with friends in the Crane venue in the Digbeth area of Birmingham just before 11.45pm on Decemnber 26.

Despite efforts to save Mr Fisher, he was pronounced dead around half an hour after officers were called to the scene.

Friends and sporting colleagues of the semi-professional footballer have been posting tributes on social media, including his club Bromsgrove Sporting FC.

In a statement published on Facebook Bromsgrove said: “All of us at Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Cody Fisher. Cody was a friend to many at the club and we send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

A statement shared by West Midlands Police attributed to the Mr Fisher’s family said: “They have broken our hearts. I have lost my best friend. My family and I are asking for privacy and respectfulness at this heart-breaking time.”

The Crane cancelled its New Year’s Eve event in light of what happened and said it was working closely with police as they continued to investigate.

A statement posted on the club’s Instagram page said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened that a man lost his life last night as our Boxing Day event came to a close. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family and friends.

“We are working closely with West Midlands Police as they investigate this crime. We encourage anybody who witnessed this incident, or has any information to share which may help West Midlands Police, to contact them directly.

“We do not feel it is right to hold our New Year’s Eve event under these circumstances. All ticket holders will be contacted directly and refunded by the relevant ticket providers.”

In response to suggestions security on the night was inadequate, the nightclub added: “We have a thorough search policy in place for any and all patrons entering and leaving the venue. This includes the deployment of metal detectors, pat downs, pocket checks, wallet inspections, bag searches and age verification procedures.

“Searches are conducted in accordance with SIA (Security Industry Authority) guidance and best practice. The venue is patrolled by SIA security staff whom responded to the incident as it unfolded on the night.

“The relevant CCTV footage is with West Midlands Police and we are working closely with any requests to assist them with their inquiries.

“On Boxing Day we had an onsite paramedic led team as per our venue policy, who arrived at the scene quickly to administer first aid to the victim until the arrival of the Ambulance Service.”

Police said hundreds of people were at the nightclub at the time of the stabbing and urged any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood said yesterday (December 27): “This was a young man enjoying himself with friends on a Boxing Day night out and our thoughts are with his friends and family today.

“We know there were hundreds of people in the nightclub at the time. While we’ve spoken to a number of them already, we still need to hear from anyone who was there and who witnessed or even filmed what happened.

“We’re working hard to identify all of those involved.”


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