Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer told ‘shut up or I’ll bottle you’

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

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

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

Ali, 28, and his friend Ryan Hale, 27, are also standing trial accused of affray during the incident.

The prosecution said Stokes told police he intervened with Ali and Hale because he overheard "nasty homophobic language", then told police he acted in self-defence when he thought he was about to be hit with a bottle.

Footage from her body camera, played to the jury, showed she said to Stokes: "A guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him".

Stokes claims that, not long after leaving the Mbargo nightclub in the early hours of the morning on September 25, a group of four men came to his attention as they appeared to be engaged in an argument. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they "thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up".

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CCTV footage shows Stokes and Hales then caught up with Ali, Hale, Barry and O'Connor.

He identified Stokes to attending police officers, who arrested him.

England cricket player Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court.

Jurors have previously heard claims that Mr Hales, who was never arrested in relation to the incident, stamped and kicked Ali as he lay on the floor.

"These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way", the statement said. I assume that he (like me) feared for our safety having witnessed the events moments earlier.

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"I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

"They were complete strangers".

Ali suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.

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

Stokes told officers: "The force I used in defending us was reasonable and entirely justified when the circumstances are viewed objectively". When asked simply to stop using the homophobic abuse he was giving to Kai and William.

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"I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them", he said. "As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me", the statement continued. All three deny a charge of affray.

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