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'despicable, immoral, heartless'; Ben Stokes hits out at The Sun after controversial story published

Tuesday, 17 September: England star Ben Stokes has described The Sun as "despicable and immoral and heartless" after the newspaper ran a story about a family tragedy more than 31 years ago.

The 28-year-old inspired England to win the World Cup earlier this summer before shining during a compelling Ashes series which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Ben Stokes has described The Sun as "despicable and immoral and heartless"

But he issued an angry response to a story about the shooting of his half-brother and sister in 1988.

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A statement from the all-rounder said: "Today The Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.

"It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism.

"To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of - in particular - my parents are utterly disgusting.

"I am aware that my public profile brings with its consequences for me that I accept entirely.

"This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence.

"Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family's privacy and right to home life."