Mother of Surrey batsman blasts 'silly and dangerous' culprit who fired Crossbow into The Oval

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The mother of a cricketer who narrowly avoided being hit by a crossbow bolt shot onto the Oval today branded the culprit “dangerous and silly”.

Christine Burns said she had “never seen anything like it” in all the years supporting her son, Surrey batsman Rory Burns.

Spectators were warned to “take cover” and play was abandoned after the metal-tipped arrow landed inside the south London cricket ground during the County Championship clash between Surrey and Middlesex yesterday.

Ms Burns told the Standard: “If it was an accident it was pretty dangerous and silly to have that sort of thing in that area. As a parent, I was worried when I heard what had happened.

The crossbow fired into the Oval on Thursday (PA)

“I think they did well to end the game and evacuate.”

The arrow, which measured between 12 to 18 inches, missed the 27-year-old Burns by 10 yards.

Police believe it was shot from outside and appealed for witnesses. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.

Outside, supporters expressed their frustration. Middlesex fan Jeremy Lawrence, 60, a match day secretary at Hendon Football Club, told the Standard: “I’m very angry that my favourite sport has been ruined by a moron mucking around. It really could have killed someone. This was just a County Cup cricket match.

“Everyone tried to put a brave face on it. These are county cricket supporters, we are well hardened,  but not for anything like that.”

A Met spokesman said officers were called to the ground at 4.35pm. There have been no arrests.

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