Ben Stokes begins legal action against The Sun newspaper over report on family tragedy

10 October 2019, 19:01 | Updated: 10 October 2019, 19:09

England all-rounder Ben Stokes and his mother have launched legal action against The Sun newspaper after it published a front-page story reporting on a family tragedy from more than three decades ago.

The cricketer lambasted the newspaper when it published "extremely painful, sensitive and personal details" about his family last month, condemning it as "utterly disgusting".

Proceedings at the High Court were filed on September 30, according to Byline Investigates, on News Group Newspapers (NGN) - The Sun's parent company.

The case is listed as an intellectual property claim related to copyright.

A representative of The Sun declined to comment.

The front-page story on September 17 concerned a family tragedy involving the 28-year-old's mother, Deborah Stokes, some 31 years ago.

In a post on Twitter - which received thousands of retweets, likes and supportive comments - Stokes said a reporter had turned up at his parents' home in New Zealand "out of the blue" to ask them about the tragedy.

The Sun responded that it had contacted Stokes before printing the article and "at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story".

It reported in its story that the couple and the cricketer had declined to comment.