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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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Special Olympics team to receive Civic Reception

Dumfries and Galloway Special Olympics Team Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Special Olympics Team

A Civic Reception is being held tonight for Dumfries and Galloway's Special Olympics Team.

The squad brought back 32 medals - including 11 gold, 13 silver, and 8 bronze - from this summer's event in Sheffield.

More than 2,600 athletes, 800 coaches and 750 volunteers from 18 UK regions were involved.

Carlisle boss sets sights on facing top flight side in FA Cup

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle Credit: Press Association

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says his sights are set on securing a lucrative FA Cup tie against top flight opposition.

The Blues have been drawn away to League One Gillingham in the second round of the competition.

But Curle is eying up a third round spot which could see Carlisle face Premier League opponents.

Speaking to the club website after last night's second round draw, he said: "There's a game to be won and, in this case, a place in the third round with the clubs from the top tier to aim for.

"We have nothing to fear and if we show the same attention to detail which has made us very hard to beat recently, we'll give ourselves a real chance."

The second round ties will be played between 1 and 4 December.

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