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Police appeal for "key witnesses" to alleged Ben Stokes incident

Stokes was arrested last month in Bristol. Credit: PA

Police have renewed their appeal for two men who could be "key witnesses" to an incident in Bristol allegedly involving England cricketer Ben Stokes.

The 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a brawl outside Mbargo nightclub in Clifton nearly a month ago.

He was released under investigation.

Today Avon and Somerset Police released descriptions of two male witnesses they want to trace after the attack.

One of the men we want to trace is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 9ins tall and aged in his early 20s. He had short dark brown hair, was clean shaven and wore a white t-shirt with a sleeveless jumper, jeans and trainers.

The second man is also white, 5ft 9ins tall and aged in his early 20s but is of a slightly larger build. He had short light brown hair, was also clean shaven and wore a long-sleeved round neck t-shirt, dark/black skinny jeans and trainers.

– Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Ben Stokes will not travel with Ashes squad after Bristol arrest

Ben Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month. Credit: PA

Ben Stokes will not travel with the Ashes squad for the tour to Australia as it stands.

Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Clifton nightclub.

The ECB has confirmed that while the all-rounder has still been awarded a central contract, bowler Steven Finn has been added to the Ashes squad in his place.

While Stokes is not travelling with the rest of the squad on 28 October, his involvement in the Ashes has not officially been ruled out.

We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts.

– Andrew Strauss, England director of cricket


England cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested and released without charge in Bristol

Stokes had been playing at Gloucestershire's Brightside Ground in Bristol. Credit: PA

The ECB says Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol early Monday morning and released without charge.

Stokes played for England in Sunday's win over the West Indies, scoring 73 runs.

Avon and Somerset Police say they were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday.

A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The ECB says all-rounder Stokes will not be available for tomorrow’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.

The governing body adds Stokes' team-mate Alex Hales will also miss tomorrow's match after he "returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries".

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval. Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation - without charge - late on Monday and will not join the team in London. Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries. You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can.

– ECB Statement