London cricket stadium evacuated after arrow fired onto field

Oval Cricket ground evacuated after crossbow bolt is fired onto cricket pitch

Oval Cricket ground evacuated after crossbow bolt is fired onto cricket pitch

A cricket match in the United Kingdom has been suspended after an "arrow or crossbow bolt" apparently landed on the field.

Images taken outside the ground show the police arriving at the scene following the evacuation of attendees.

The players were then told by umpires to immediately leave the field, with many running to the changing rooms.

That's what happened Thursday during a cricket match in south London when someone launched a crossbow bolt directly onto the pitch.

No one was injured and, according to the Metropolitan Police, it is believed the arrow was sacked from outside The Oval in Kennington, south London. There have been no arrests.

Police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to motive.

Scotland Yard added they were not treating the incident as terrorism-related.

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Middlesex later confirmed that the match had been abandoned, with the game ending as a draw.

Surrey cricketer Stuart Meaker said: "We have just officially gone off the field because a metal-tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!"

Police said it is believed the arrow came from outside the ground. Living and working in London, the threat is always with us.

'I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow.

Who fired the18-inch long arrow, is yet to be solved, but Police reckoned that it was from outside the ground.

"The umpires dealt with it very well".

Landing within a few metres of Surrey fielder Rory Burns, Surrey chief executive Richard Gould later suggested that such an instrument 'could very easily have killed someone.' Some only heard the bolt through the air before it hit the ground, with one player stating it "would have taken out a drive-man at midwicket".

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