Ex-Premier League star’s wife ‘arrested and let go for attempted murder’

The wife of former England striker Kevin Phillips was arrested at the scene of a stabbing that left a 20-year-old man critically injured, according to reports.

The young man has remained in hospital since the altercation in Lichfield, Staffordshire on Saturday night.

Police said on Monday that three people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and have since been released without charge.

Julie Phillips, 49, told MailOnline she was arrested but did not take part in any crime and has been released.

She said: ‘I can’t say any more because of legal reasons. I am not allowed to speak about what happened. I was just a witness.’

Mrs Phillips claims to have been held for two nights in a police station while detectives investigated the stabbing, but has since returned home to her husband and their four kids.

Their home, the Grade II-listed Grand Lodge towards Rugeley, is about a ten-minute drive from the scene of the crime.

Another young man has since been charged over the incident.

Staffordshire Police said: ‘Police have charged a 19-year-old man in connection with a reported stabbing in Lichfield over the weekend.

‘Nathan Michaels of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, is charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

‘He has been remanded in custody until 5 June 2020 following a court appearance on Monday morning (4 May).

‘He was the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the altercation in Reynolds Close shortly before 11:30pm on Saturday 2 May.

‘Three people originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have all been released with no further action.

‘One of those, a 20-year-old man from Lichfield, was also arrested and released under investigation for an unrelated drugs offence.

‘An investigation into the circumstances around the incident are ongoing and the 20-year-old man remains in hospital in a stable condition.

‘Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 891 of 2 May, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’