Police pass Stokes investigation to prosecutors

November 29, 2017

New Zealand-born England cricket star Ben Stokes, right, is surrounded by media as he arrives in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Stokes is in New Zealand to visit family and possibly play for Canterbury province during his stay. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

BRISTOL, England (AP) — 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 and will not join the Ashes tour of Australia until the police investigation is complete.

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