Man, 35, arrested after crossbow bolt fired into The Oval

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A man has been arrested after a crossbow bolt was fired into the Oval Cricket Ground.

Fans described “extraordinary scenes” as the iconic sports ground was evacuated amid a security scare on Thursday afternoon.

Play between Surrey and Middlesex was stopped and armed police swarmed the stadium after the object landed on the outfield close to players and the umpire.

A 35-year-old man was today arrested on suspicion of GBH and bailed pending further enquiries, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said.

Police outside the Kia Oval ground in London. (PA)

Describing the moment the arrow fell, a spokesman for Surrey cricket club said: “We were about to bowl the next ball and the arrow appeared two pitches to the side of the pitch we’re playing on at the moment.

“The umpires took it out of the ground and got the players off as quickly as possible. Everybody in the ground has now been asked to take cover, there is nobody out in the stands or out in the open in any form.”

Detective Constable Dominic Landragin, from Lambeth Police, branded the incident “reckless” but confirmed no one was injured.

Police outside the Kia Oval ground in London on Thursday afternoon. (PA)

He said: “There were significant crowds watching the match and it is likely that a number of those present will have footage of the incident that could assist in our investigation. 

“Although nobody was injured, this was a reckless action taken with no regard for the safety and wellbeing of the spectators or the players. 

“It is important that we trace those responsible and I urge anyone who has footage of the incident to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Enquiries continue. 

Anyone in possession of footage should contact Lambeth CID by dialling 101. 

To provide information anonymously please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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