Ben Stokes 'was main aggressor in nightclub fight'

Ben Stokes with his wife Clare arriving at Bristol crown court this morning

Ben Stokes with his wife Clare arriving at Bristol crown court this morning

Earlier in the day, the jury were shown body-camera footage from the police officer (PC Stacey Allway) who arrested Stokes and heard from an off-duty police and community support officer who suggested Stokes was "the main aggressor" during the part of the fight he witnessed.

The 27-year-old is accused of later punching Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground, before allegedly knocking out Ryan Ali, 28.

Mr Spure said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes.

Stokes' police interview at the time lasted 21 minutes, and involved two handwritten statements.

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road.

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Stokes added he "felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

"I did not known 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".

"As I approached the group I could see the male wearing the green T-shirt, Mr Stokes, squaring up to the other males", she told jurors. 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.

Cunningham claims Stokes started mimicking the voices and gestures of two gay nightclub patrons, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, in a derogatory manner.

In a statement, Mr Spure said he had tried to separate Mr Stokes and Mr Ali, with the others continuing their behaviour behind him.

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Stokes also denied flicking a cigarette butt at or towards anyone.

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.

Ben Stokes pictured outside Bristol Crown Court.

Ali was taken to hospital by ambulance, with doctors noting that he had suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.

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The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

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