Ben Stokes trial shown ‘groin grab’ video

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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.

The 27-year-old all-rounder and two other men, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, all deny the charge and are on bail.

Witness Mark Spure, an off-duty police community support officer (PCSO), said that after he left Mbargo nightclub he spotted "three to five" people involved in a "scuffle" on a nearby street. Mr. Spure then said he identified Mr. Stokes to police who then arrested him, the court heard. Stokes said "matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene".

Cunningham said he did not step in until Stokes flicked a cigarette butt at the men.

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.

PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant". "Although I can't remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali".

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

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".

"As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said", Stokes said in the written statement.

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said.

Mr Cunningham refused to allow them back inside as it was past closing time, Bristol Crown Court heard. 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, who it is alleged was punched by Stokes in footage captured on a mobile phone and played to the jury on Tuesday, cycled to hospital later on Monday and was found to have sustained a 1.5 inch superficial laceration to his forehead.

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