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Oval evacuated as crossbow lands on pitch

Oval evacuated as crossbow lands on pitch

"There was a lot of confusion".

"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.

He said the arrow had landed onto the strip adjacent to the wickets were playing on.

Play suspended at Kia Oval after a "projectile" was sacked into the ground from outside. "We urge you to move inside". Crossbow bolt fired from outside ground lands on outfield.

A police helicopter has since been heard overhead.

Surrey captain Gareth Batty was relieved no one was injured by the "deadly" crossbow bolt that landed on The Oval field and led to the County Championship clash with Middlesex being abandoned.

The arrow that was sacked on to the pitch.

A tweet from Middlesex's official account confirmed play had been suspended "on advice of security" and featured a picture of the object being held by an umpire.

The Guardian reports it landed close to Surrey fielder Ollie Pope. The police arrived very swiftly and the umpires did a very good job in removing the players from the pitch very, very quickly. Even the stands were asked to be emptied by the ground security.

"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".

"We don't know much more at the moment".

"We don't know whether this projectile was placed deliberately or whether it was simply fired by somebody from a distance and we just happened to be the landing spot, so we don't even know necessarily that it was done on objective", Gould also told BBC Radio London.

Middlesex batsmen John Simpson and Nick Compton and Surrey's fielders were ushered inside by the umpires following the incident, with the Met Police saying no injuries had been reported.

"There have been no arrests". We retain an open mind as to motive.

Anyone who has information concerning this incident should call officers from Lambeth by dialling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.