Progress made in Stokes’ case

Avon and Somerset Police have provided a long-awaited update in the case of England allrounder Ben Stokes after his arrest on September 25.

The police have advised that the case file has now been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service who will advise whether or not to charge Stokes with causing actual bodily harm.

The statement issued on Avon and Somerset Police’s twitter account read: “We’re now in a position to provide an update on our investigation into a disorder in Bristol which happened in the early hours of Monday, 25 September.

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“A 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident on Queens Road, Clifton.

“A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and was later released under investigation.

“Three other men, aged 26, 27 and 28 have all voluntarily attended police stations for interview.

“Today (29/11), we have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service and are now seeking charging advice.”

Stokes caused a twitter storm when he was photographed at Heathrow airport on Monday evening sparking rumours that he was on his way to Australia to join England’s Ashes squad.

However it was revealed that he was jetting off to New Zealand where he will turn out for Canterbury in the Ford Trophy and spend time with family.

It is unclear how long the CPS will deliberate on the case before advising the police on charges.