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Bristol couple defend Ben Stokes' actions

Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court. Credit: PA

The Bristol couple who Ben Stokes says he was defending from homophobic abuse say he 'didn't deserve being put through a trial'.

The England cricketer has been found not guilty of affray after a brawl outside the Mbargo nightclub in September last year.

Kai Barry and William O'Connor told ITV News they were really thankful for what he did, after they were being threatened with homophobic abuse.

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In a statement Avon and Somerset Police say:

We carried out a thorough independent investigation into the events of 25 September before passing a comprehensive file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service which subsequently made the decision to charge. Having reviewed the evidence, the jury has concluded the actions of the defendants did not amount to affray and we respect this decision.

– Avon and Somerset Police

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