Ben Stokes is found not guilty

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England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray. The globally renowned sportsman was charged after becoming involved with a violent street fight in the early hours of September 25 outside a Bristol club. He was accused of punching former serviceman Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground, before knocking out firefighter Ryan Ali, 28, during the brawl, that in part involved one of his fellow players. The jury found the 27-year-old cricketer not guilty, as well as Ali, who was indicted under the same charge. Leaving the court room two men shook hands. CCTV footage shows the fight developing, but while off-duty police officer Mark Spure told the court he immediately identified Stokes as the “main aggressor,” the former England vice-captain said he was acting in self-defence. “They were complete strangers,” Stokes continued.

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