Police issue statement on Ben Stokes investigation

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    Police say the investigation into a late-night incident involving England cricketer Ben Stokes has been passed to prosecutors, who must now decide whether to charge the player.

    Stokes was arrested in late September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a night club. Video footage showed England’s Test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight.

    Avon and Somerset Police released Stokes while the investigation continued, and said Wednesday that they have “passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service and are now seeking charging advice.”

    Stokes has not played cricket since the incident. He was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board but has been given permission to play in New Zealand’s domestic competition this weekend. The 26-year-old landed in Christchurch – the city of his birth – on Wednesday.

    Speculation is rampant that he will be called across the Tasman to return for England in the third Ashes Test in Perth starting on December 14.

    Canterbury Cricket Association’s board was set to meet late on Wednesday to discuss whether they will sign Stokes on a short-term deal.

    The widespread expectation is they will and that Stokes could be facing Otago on Sunday in Rangiora.

    England arranged a No Objection Certificate (NOC) last Friday.

    New Zealand’s national cricket board is yet to rubber-stamp the arrangement but that is likely to happen if coach Mike Hesson’s comments are any guide.

    “From a cricket point of view he’s a world-class player and would add a lot of talent to the competition,” Hesson told reporters on Wednesday.

    “Certainly if players perform well against Ben it shows us they’re performing well against the best.

    “If it improves the standard of the competition, which I’m sure it will, then great.”

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    • November 30th 2017 @ 9:38am
      Bakkies said | November 30th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      Not sure if Phil Dutton can cancel his Special Category Visa if he tries to enter Australia

      • November 30th 2017 @ 2:01pm
        Ouch said | November 30th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

        Pretty sure Philip Duttion can’t as he’s an Olympic equestrian.

        Peter Dutton, the Immigration Minister can, and has denied entry to much higher profile people than the Butcher of Bristol

        • November 30th 2017 @ 3:29pm
          Bakkies said | November 30th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

          Phil’s horse is quicker than Peter’s decision making.

          • November 30th 2017 @ 4:39pm
            Chui said | November 30th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

            Problem is, Peter’s horse leans so far to the right, it just runs in circles.

    • November 30th 2017 @ 9:45am
      Jake said | November 30th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Of course he should be charged. He assaulted 2 innocent people. Peter Dutton could do the only useful thing during his tenure as immigration minister by refusing this violent thug entry into the country.

      • December 1st 2017 @ 8:27am
        jameswm said | December 1st 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

        They were hardly innocent, but I agree he does deserve to be charged. He kept it going and followed and belted one guy who was clearly backing off.

    • November 30th 2017 @ 10:53am
      Gary Russell-Sharam said | November 30th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      Gee it was a street fight, I’ve had plenty and survived all of them. Heaps of young men fight each other it’s part of growing up. Stokes is a high profile sportsman and if he wasn’t, nothing would have been made of this event.

      I doubt that he will be charged as there are mitigating circumstances around this.

      This sort of stuff is wonderful for the the Media it makes a great story. But really it isn’t such a great story at all. Just blokes letting off steam after a few sherbets.

      I think there is a legitimate reason Stokes was after the two guys as reported in the Media but this seems to have taken a backseat.

      I might add there where two of them against one of him.

      To sum it all up it was a brawl that looked a bit fierce. But they all look fierce. Nobody really got hurt.

      I’ll put money on that he will play inthe 3rd test. And so he should

      • November 30th 2017 @ 12:24pm
        E-Meter said | November 30th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

        Is that you Reg Reagan? You must have a pretty short fuse.

        If Stokes had been a normal bloke he would have already been charged weeks ago.

      • November 30th 2017 @ 12:32pm
        Mattyb said | November 30th 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        Nice story Gary,maybe you could share it with David Hookes’s family or the many other families who have lost loved ones due to drunken street bawls. Sure many people have survived being assaulted like you suggest,but many others havnt unfortunatly.

      • November 30th 2017 @ 1:35pm
        Jeffrey Dun said | November 30th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        “Nobody really got hurt.”

        Actually, according to the police a man was taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket.

        “I doubt that he will be charged as there are mitigating circumstances around this.”

        The Guardian online reported an experienced criminal lawyer’s opinion as follows: “A criminal solicitor with nearly two decades of experience told the Guardian that the police’s decision to ask for charging advice is a setback as the player’s case has moved to the next stage when the police could have decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed.”

        So, it doesn’t look too good for Stokes. The police had the option of dropping the investigation, but instead they have taken it to the next level.

        • November 30th 2017 @ 3:30pm
          Bakkies said | November 30th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

          Stokes himself injured his own hand.

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          November 30th 2017 @ 9:16pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | November 30th 2017 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

          Yep. And especially when you consider the last punch that laid the guy out and put him in hospital was done when the guy was backing away with his hands in the air, all while Stokes mates were continually telling him to stop.

          • November 30th 2017 @ 9:48pm
            Bakkies said | November 30th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

            The charade continues around Stokes yet no word surrounding Hales. Hales is not under investigation by the police or CPS yet is suspended indefinitely and was either going to be selected for the one day series in January or play in the Base Ball League.

            The CPS take their time building a case. It’s the complete opposite of what goes on in the US.

            • Roar Guru

              December 1st 2017 @ 8:09am
              Chris Kettlewell said | December 1st 2017 @ 8:09am | ! Report

              I suspect with Hales it comes down to the fact that there is no cricket he would have been part of at the moment. They will more likely have a resolution by the time they are sending out the one day squad to Australia, and they don’t really need to worry about Hales until then.

              While I’m sure he won’t see prison time, (he’ll probably get a good lawyer that will get him a deal with something like a good behaviour bond and some community service or the like) he should definitely still be charged, and the fact the police have passed it to prosecutors suggests that is probably a high probability still. But if he somehow escapes being charged, the idea that he gets no further cricket sanctions and is welcomed straight back into the England cricket team really is obsurd.

      • November 30th 2017 @ 2:13pm
        Ouch said | November 30th 2017 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

        It’s not the good old days anymore Gary.

        Same Sex Marriage is legal, racism is called out, bullying in all forms is a no-no as is sexual harassment. I would like to hear what the legitimate reason Stokes has for attacking a guy who had both arms up. It wasn’t self defence. Did he say something Stokes didn’t like? Provocation doesn’t work these days as a defence.
        If there was anything legit, it would have come out by now.

        • December 1st 2017 @ 7:53am
          Neil Back said | December 1st 2017 @ 7:53am | ! Report

          You might like to read the account of the two gay guys Stokes and Hales has earlier befriended and shared drinks with, who were abused by these two thugs in the bar and later threatened with a bottle attack outside – the same bottle that was swung at Stokes when he stepped in to defend them. They see his actions very differently.

          I don’t know if you’ve witnessed a cowardly glassing attack and the devastating aftermath, but I have. I consider myself a very level headed individual but I know if I witnessed it happening again, I’m not sure how much I could hold back. If someone directly threatened me in that way, I worry even more about my reaction.

          Letter of the law will quite probably punish Stokes, as you and your mates are clammering for in your faux outrage. Personally, I think the coward swinging glass got a lot less than he deserved.

          • December 1st 2017 @ 8:29am
            jameswm said | December 1st 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

            That explains the first part of the brawl, but not the part where Stokes followed and decked a guy who was backing off.

            • December 1st 2017 @ 10:12am
              Neil Back said | December 1st 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

              And I guess that’s why we have a police investigation rather than a kangaroo (excuse the pun) court.

              Who knows what verbals were being exchanged, and who here knows all the circumstances and mitigation. Apparently quite a few here think they do.

              It’s hard to view it as anything other than premature sanctimonious clap trap from people you suspect spend their lives spewing it.

          • December 1st 2017 @ 11:58am
            Jake said | December 1st 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

            There are no accounts of stokes being threatened with a bottle. All made up just to make stokes look like a hero.
            As for your reaction, it would be more comical than threatening.

      • November 30th 2017 @ 4:41pm
        Chui said | November 30th 2017 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

        Wow.

        Just wow.

        You may have survived them, but I think an HIA is in order.

    • November 30th 2017 @ 12:22pm
      Spanners said | November 30th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      I really hope he comes and plays, it will be an interesting side-story to what already is a great spectacle.

      Not sure that the trip will be too pleasant for Stokes though. The Australian media will hound him relentlessly and the Aussie public will unleash upon him a torrent of abuse the likes we may never see again.

      The Aussies love to hate a villain and in Stokes, we have the perfect character for the role. A Pommy/Kiwi ginger thug who can’t handle his drink. Nice one Gary!!

    • November 30th 2017 @ 2:16pm
      Ouch said | November 30th 2017 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

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