THREE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a man who was stabbed in a Stourbridge nightclub.

Ryan Passey, from Stockwell Avenue in Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, was attacked in Chicago’s in the Rye Market in the town centre in the early hours of Sunday Morning (August 6).

The 24-year-old suffered a stab wound to the chest and later died in hospital; a post mortem examination is due to take place later today.

West Midlands Police detectives yesterday arrested three men, all aged 19, on suspicion of involvement in the killing.

One was arrested at 3pm having handed himself in to West Bromwich Police station, while the others were detained later that evening from separate home addresses in Dudley.

Detective Chief Inspector Ed Foster, said: "We’ve made quick progress in this investigation and three suspects are now in police custody for questioning over the murder.

"We’ve already spoken to many people who were at the bar at the time Mr Passey was attacked − around 1am − but we still need more witnesses to come forward.

"If you saw what happened or have any information that could help then enquiry then please call us. The information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove crucial to the enquiry."

Chicago’s put out a statement just hours after the attack, saying they were co-operating with the investigation.

A spokesman for the bar said: "We're devastated by the events of last night, when a customer tragically lost their life and would like to extend our sincere condolences to family and friends at this very sad time.

"We're cooperating fully with the Police investigation and would urge any witnesses to contact West Midlands Police."

Tributes have been paid to Mr Passey was a former member of Stourbridge FC’s youth team.

Stourbridge FC tweeted: "We are shocked and extremely saddened to hear of the death of former Glassboys youth team player Ryan Passey at the age of 24.

"The thoughts of all at Stourbridge FC are with Ryan's family and friends."

Dudley College's Team Dudley posted a tribute on Facebook: “Everyone at Team Dudley is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Ryan Passey. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time. R.I.P.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team on the 101 number (ext 963 3202) quoting log 149 of 6 August.