Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Oval cricket ground evacuated after 'metal-tipper arrow' found on pitch

Police continue hunt for Oval arrow attacker Police continue hunt for Oval arrow attacker
Connie Andrews | 01 September, 2017, 02:05

Play has been suspended in the County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval after a projectile, thought to be an arrow or crossbow bolt, landed on the pitch.

The Division One encounter - which was meandering towards a stalemate in the final session, with Middlesex holding a 181-run lead with three second-innings wickets in hand - was officially called off at 5.05pm BST, 45 minutes after the incident occurred.

The match at The Oval in south London was nearing its end when the projectile, which looked to be around 18 inches long, landed on the square close to Surrey fielder Ollie Pope.

A "metal tipped" arrow was sacked onto the field of play during a professional English cricket game in London, British police said Thursday.

No one was injured and, according to a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police, it is believed the arrow was sacked from outside The Oval in Kennington, south London.

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".

"No arrests. We retain an open mind as to motive".

Officials chose to abandon the match, with the result being called as a draw.

He also said that spectators were told to get under cover in the concourse before being told to evacuate the stadium.

"They said there were two fired from the north east corner of the OCS stand of which one, they think, hit the roof", he said. The police arrived very swiftly and the umpires did a very good job in removing the players from the pitch very, very quickly.

The arrow that was sacked on to the pitch. "They were definite it was from outside the stand".

Mr Lawrence, who is a regular attendee at The Oval, said he had "never seen anything like it".

A police spokesman added: "At this stage, the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related".

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