Third man arrested on suspicion of murder after Cody Fisher stabbed in Birmingham club


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A third man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after 23-year-old footballer Cody Fisher was stabbed to death in a Birmingham nightclub on Boxing Day. Police arrested the 22-year-old suspect in London just before 3am.

Four other people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All were arrested in London, with two held on Wednesday and two on Thursday.

It was confirmed via a post-mortem that Mr Fisher had died as a result of a stab wound.

The fatal incident occurred on Boxing day at 23:45 at the Crane club – located in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.

Detectives believe Mr Fisher was approached by a group before being attacked.

West Midlands Police are continuing to “build a picture of events” that had led to the murder of Mr Fisher, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram said.

West Midlands Police also said it had applied to Birmingham City council to have the nightclub’s licence reviewed.

The club’s planned New Year’s Eve event has already been cancelled. 

Earlier this week, friends of the non-league footballer paid their tributes following his death.

One friend, James Behan, told Sky News: “The impact it’s had on myself, family and friends… We were part of a friendship group that has a hole now that can’t be filled. I was out the night it happened, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

“He had an infectious smile, a love for life, his friends, football, his family. And it’s just tragic. Just horrendous.”

Kelsey Mooney, another friend who was out with Mr Fisher just days before on Christmas Eve, said he woke up on December 27 to a phone call from a friend who said: Code’s dead”.

She added: “Anyone that knew him wouldn’t say a bad word about him. That’s the thing, he was just in the wrong place, at the wrong time.”

Mr Fisher’s football career saw him play for academies at Birmingham City FC and Walsall FC as a youngster.

He later went on to play for the likes of Stratford Town, Stourbridge FC and Bromsgrove Sporting. 

During his time at Bromsgrove, he scored on his debut in a 2-0 FA Cup win in September 2021. 

Jed McCrory, chair of Stratford Town Football Club, paid his respects to Mr Fisher following his death. 

In an emotional tribute, he said: “The players are heartbroken. He was so close and we are a family club. All of the young kids know each other.

“It is going to be a hard one to take, for everyone at this club. He was so well-liked.”

“(I am) just speechless. Anything we can do to help, we will do. We are just so sorry for them (Cody’s family).” 



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