Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Police call for more witnesses in investigation into Ben Stokes’ street brawl


BRISTOL: Police have renewed calls for witnesses to the incident that led to Ben Stokes’ arrest outside a nightclub in Bristol last month.

The England all-rounder will not be travelling out to Australia with the touring party for the Ashes later this month due to suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following the incident.

Stokes was released without charge but remains under investigation after claims of an early-hours brawl.

The 26-year-old, who got married on Saturday, has not been ruled out of the five-Test series, which starts on November 23 in Brisbane.

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board will not consider him for selection until further notice as it awaits developments.

Despite video footage taken on a mobile phone appearing to show Stokes throwing punches at a man, police have not been able to track down any witnesses to what led to the incident.

A statement posted on Avon & Somerset Police’s Twitter feed read: “We’re renewing our appeal to trace two men we believe could be key witnesses to a disorder in Bristol in the early hours of Monday, 25 September.

“A 27-year-old man suffered minor facial injuries in the incident. The men we hope to talk to left Mbargo nightclub on Triangle West at 2.19am and walked in the direction of Queens Road with two other men.”

Both the men were described as white, 5ft 9in tall and with short brown hair, while the police also describe the pair’s clothing.

The statement went on to note that alongside one arrest, three other men had attended voluntary interviews – one of those being Stokes’ England teammate Alex Hales, who was out with the Durham man on the night in question.

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