CRANE nightclub where footballer Cody Fisher was murdered has had its license suspended.
Fisher – a non-England league footballer and school sports coach – was found dead inside the Digbeth center at around 11:45pm on Monday (December 26). Fisher attended a Boxing Day party headlined by Italian DJ Marco Carola.
Birmingham City Council has suspended the club’s license pending a hearing next month, according to Sky News.
Lawyers representing the license holder did not challenge the suspension, saying he would use the 28 days to “present and assist the police in the criminal investigation.”
Three men have been arrested in connection with Fisher’s murder.
Following the news of Fisher’s death, CRANE organizers wrote in a statement that they were “deeply shocked and saddened” by the incident. “Our thoughts are with the victim, his family and friends,” they wrote, stressing that they are “working closely with West Midlands Police in the investigation of this crime.”
In another statement shared by A mixA local representative spoke about their security measures: “We have a comprehensive search policy for all customers entering and leaving the premises. This includes the use of metal detectors, pat-downs, pocket checks, wallet search inspections, bag searches and procedures age verification Searches are conducted in accordance with SIA guidelines and best practice.
“The premises are patrolled by SIA security personnel, who responded to the incident as it unfolded that night. The relevant CCTV footage is in the possession of Central West Police and we are working closely with any requests to assist with them with their investigations.
“On the day of San Esteban, according to the center’s policy, we had a team of paramedics who arrived quickly on the scene to give first aid to the victim until the ambulance service arrived. We want to express our deepest condolences. My condolences to families, friends and anyone else affected by this tragedy. We will continue to work closely with West Midlands Police.”
As a result of the incident, CRANE has canceled their New Year’s Eve event, which was scheduled to feature DJ EZ, Kurupt FM, AMA, Joe Hunt, Genesis and others. The venue’s staff wrote in their aforementioned public statement: “The relevant ticket providers will contact all ticket holders directly and obtain a refund.”
Fisher spent much of his youth playing Academy football for Birmingham City FC, progressing to non-league clubs such as Bromsgrove Sporting, Stourbridge FC and finally Stratford Town.
In a statement released on video earlier this week, Stratford chairman Jed McCrory said: “The players are heartbroken. It was so close, and we are a family club… Everyone knows each other. There will be It’s very difficult for everyone, everyone in this club. He was loved so much. I’m speechless. Anything we can do to help, we’ll do it. I feel sorry for him.”
He has since asked for his next game, scheduled for Monday, January 2 at Bromsgrove Sporting, to be cancelled.