Ben Stokes identified as "main aggressor" in Bristol fight

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol crown court accused of affray

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol crown court accused of affray

Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of England cricketer Ben Stokes involved in an alleged "melee" outside a nightclub with two other men.

Stokes, who is standing trial for affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, was described as "trying to get at another individual" by Mark Spure, an off-duty member of the police force, who witnessed part of the incident.

The England cricket team had gone to the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol following England's victory over the West Indies in a one-day match in September a year ago.

"I was anxious it might be two onto one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he told police.

"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no".

Bristol Crown Court has heard that Stokes allegedly mocked the two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, as he argued with doorman Andrew Cunningham over re-entry into the club.

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, told the jury: "Mr Cunningham observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them".

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"While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist".

"These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way", the statement said.

He said the pair "scuffled" and ended up on the floor, before Hale came at him from behind - grabbing and pulling him.

"At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened".

"I did not know Ryan Hale or Ryan Ali and I was forced to make a decision as to how far they would be prepared to go and what they might do if they got the upper hand. I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked". "As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me", the statement continued. When she told him to leave Mr. Stokes, who had been placed in a police van, the court heard that Mr.

Mr Stokes first hit Mr Hale, knocking him to the ground, before rendering Mr Ali unconscious in the punch seen by the PCSO, jurors have been told. Hale allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 1.5in superficial laceration to his forehead consistent with blunt trauma. In it, Ali denied saying anything offensive to either Barry or O'Connor, but accepted that "one of the guys" became "quite irate" after "banter" between the men.

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