The nightclub that saw a tragic footballer’s final moments has been slammed as “drug infested” and “chaotic” after the horror attack that saw Boxing Day celebrations turn to tragedy.
Non-league footballer Cody Fisher bled to death whilst revellers filmed him and shouted “my man is dead” as heroic medics battled to save his life at the Crane nightclub in Digbeth, Birmingham.
The 23-year-old was pronounced dead just 30 minutes after cops were called, with first responders describing a grim scene riddled with small bags and empty nitrous oxide canisters littered on the floor.
Council members have already suspended the club's license, following claims from partygoers that security checks were almost non-existent and the initial response was inadequate.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Sally Simpson told a committee hearing about the scene: “Officers who originally attended the premise described a scene in chaos and evidence of drugs use within the premise.
“On entry to the premises officers were asked by security to help with crowd control, which they said no, and ran in to commence CPR and assist the paramedics on the scene. On body-worn you will see staff wandering around all over the place like they're oblivious to what is happening.
“Further to this, they have started to clean the dancefloor further down from where the deceased was, officers shouted at them to stop.”
The stabbing reportedly came after a fight broke out, with witness Jack Cresswell, 19, telling Mail Online: “We walked over to have a look and the lad who died was on the floor on his back. There was a lot of blood on the floor, down his leg and on his stomach.”
Top cop Sally Simpson added that police are “very concerned” with how the knife could get into a nightclub unchecked and said that drugs were being used openly on the dancefloor.
Three men have since been arrested on suspicion of murder, with four others arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A spokesperson for Crane added: "An expedited review of a premises licence is normal whenever any serious crime takes place at a licensed premises, and we are cooperating fully.
"We place the highest priority on all aspects of public safety and security.
"But we will of course be conducting a full and detailed review in light of this week's tragedy, as well as assisting fully with the ongoing police inquiry."
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