Ben Stokes, the England allrounder, has been charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with affray, along with two other men, and will face trial at Bristol Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
The development comes more than three months after Stokes was arrested in Bristol on September 25, charged initially with actual bodily harm following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub.
Now, he has been charged by the CPS with the lesser public order offence of affray, which for a single offence can carry with it a jail term of up to two years.
“The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on 29 November 2017 in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre,” said a CPS spokesman. “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 to the incident.”
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