Ben Stokes trial shown CCTV footage of 'melee outside nightclub'

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

Stokes, who is standing trial for affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, was described as "trying to get at another individual" by Mark Spure, an off-duty member of the police force, who witnessed part of the incident.

Detective Constable Daniel Adams, the officer in the case, told jurors: "Ryan Ali and Kai Barry appear to be having a disagreement".

Jurors have seen footage of Stokes talking to O'Connor and Barry outside the Bristol nightclub Mbargo in the early hours of September 25 a year ago.

According to reports, the footage showed a man allegedly grabbing the groin of another defendant right before the brawl took place on September 25, 2017.

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day worldwide in the city.

"I made a decision to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William".

He said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes.

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Hale is then shown collapsing to the floor outside a shop window but picking himself up after 20 seconds and disappearing from view before returning. "I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them", Mr. Spure told the jury. Hale was also armed with a bottle before brandishing a metal pole. "Although I can't remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali".

Happier times: Stokes and teammate Jos Buttler in the recent Test against India. I took exception and said "leave it out" and "you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay". "One of them said something like "shut the f**k up or I'll bottle you".

"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali", Stokes told police.

He identified Stokes to attending police officers, who arrested him.

"So, I felt the need to defend myself".

"I believe I felt threatened", he said.

The trial before Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, is expected to last between five and seven days in courtroom one.

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