Cricket ground evacuated as crossbow fired

Cricket ground evacuated as crossbow fired

Cricket ground evacuated as crossbow fired

A Surrey County Cricket Club spokesman said, "All the seating hangs over the concourse, so they're all under the seating at the moment in the concourse area, which is fully covered".

The arrow, reported to have a metal tip, landed near the Surrey fielder Ollie Pope and close to the pitch during the County Championship fixture.

Initial reports suggested a metal-tipped arrow, which landed on the playing surface as the match was ongoing, had been fired from outside the ground.

Initially, the cause of the match stopping was described online as "crowd trouble" - but police then confirmed that either an arrow or crossbow dart was launched at the field of play.

"Police were made aware on Thursday, 31 August of reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground", said a Metropolitan Police statement.

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"Officers are on scene".

He said: "It is the sort of thing that could easily have been fired some distance from outside the ground if it came from a crossbow. The umpires took it out of the ground and took the players off". The ground is being evacuated. We retain an open mind as to motive.

The incident led to both teams being taken off the pitch, and a controlled evacuation taking place in the stands with supporters told to "take cover".

The match was stopped after the first ball of the 69th over with Middlesex 214 for seven in their second innings.

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