Stokes charged with affray

Ben Stokes charged affray Crown Prosecution Service England cricket

Ben Stokes has been charged with affray

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray by the Crown Prosecution Service and will have to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Stokes was charged along with two other men for his involvement in a street fight outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol in September, which resulted in a man suffering a fractured eye socket.

The 26-year-old was initially charged with actual bodily harm and had been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He was also withdrawn from England’s Ashes squad.

Having been charged with affray, Stokes could be jailed for up to three years.

“The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on 29 November 2017 in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre,” the CPS said in a statement. “Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.

“Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge.

“The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are now live and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings.”

In a statement, the Avon and Somerset Police added: “Three men have today been charged in connection with an incident of disorder on Queens Road, Bristol on September 25 last year.

“Having carefully considered the evidence, the CPS has today authorised Ben Stokes, 26, of Durham, Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 26, both of Bristol, to each be charged with one count of affray. They will appear at Bristol magistrates’ court at a date to be confirmed.”

The ECB are aware that Stokes has been charged and issued their own statement, which said: “ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September.

“The Board will now convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes’ availability to represent England at this stage. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

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