Ben Stokes 'was main aggressor in nightclub fight'

   BEN STOKES CCTV of the England cricketer was shown to the court

New CCTV footage has been released by police showing England cricketer Ben Stokes allegedly insulting, mocking and being aggressive towards two gay men just before the brawl outside a Bristol nightclub last September. He was alleged to have offered £300 (NZ$570) to gain entry, but was denied.

They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 previous year - several hours after England had played a one-day worldwide against the West Indies in the city.

Ryan Hale, left, and Ryan Ali are jointly accused of affray, along with England cricketer Ben Stokes. Mr Barry grabs Mr Ali around the groin area.

Ali is alleged to have threatened Stokes' England teammate Alex Hales with a bottle during the incident, while Hale broke off a metal pole from a nearby road sign after being allegedly knocked out by Stokes.

Mr. Hales told PC Alway that he had not seen the alleged fight, telling her "I came after you guys turned up". He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a c... and I replied, "Thank you very much".

The CCTV footage shows Mr Hales behind Mr Stokes and the cricketer approaching a retreating Mr Ali, jurors were told.

Cunningham said two gay men he knew, William O'Connor and Kai Barry, then emerged from the nightclub and began talking to each other.

"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said.

PC Stacey Alway, one of the two officers who were first on scene, said Mr Spure pointed out Stokes as the aggressor.

Ali suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face. They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own.

Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - consistent with blunt trauma.

The doorman said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said to his team-mate: "Stokesy - don't do that". He's my best friend.

Stokes maintains he was acting in self-defence with one of the investigating police officers confirming both Hale and Ali were holding bottles.

"I grappled with the second guy, in the course of that I can recall hitting him a few times".

Jurors have been shown footage of Stokes brawling with Ali and Hale, who are friends, in the early hours of September 25 a year ago after walking away from the Bristol nightclub Mbargo.



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