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Cumbrian badminton star named in Commonwealth Games team

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Lauren Smith, from Carlisle, has been chosen to compete in the Commonwealth Games this coming April, in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Team England today named a full complement of ten badminton players to represent the nation.

They will travel to Australia with royal backing, after members of the squad recently enjoyed a private invitation with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace.

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Stokes to appear in court on same day he was due to make international comeback

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to appear in court on an affray charge, on the same day he was expected to return to international cricket in a Twenty20 match in New Zealand.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that Stokes is due at Bristol Magistrates' Court on February 13, following an incident outside a nightclub in the city in September.

The 26-year-old from Cockermouth, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England, is accused of affray alongside two other men.

Stokes charged with affray after nightclub fight

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Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub.

The incident, which happened in September, left a man with a fractured eye socket.

The England all-rounder missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board stating he would not be considered for England 'until further notice'.

The 26-year-old has been charged along with two other men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.

A CPS spokesperson said:

The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre. Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today (Mon 15 Jan) authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.

“Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge."

– CPS spokesperson

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M-Sport boss gives first interview since re-signing Sébastien Ogier

It's been an extraordinary season for M-Sport at Dovenby near Cockermouth. On October 29 at the Wales Rally GB, the company won FIA World Rally Championships for Drivers, Co-drivers and Manufacturers, as well as the rally itself.

In his first television interview since re-signing the world rally champion driver Sébastien Ogier, the boss of M-Sport, Malcolm Wilson tells ITV Border about his plans for the future.

Watch the full report tonight on Lookaround at 6.00pm.

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