Cricket ground evacuated as crossbow fired

Oliver Florence, a reporter for our sister title Get Surrey, is at the scene and said he saw armed officers enter the venue. There are no reported injuries.

Play between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended as players were told to go inside, before the game was later abandoned.

The arrow, which had a metal tip, landed at around 4.25pm on Thursday near a Surrey fielder as the team clashed with Middlesex in a County Championship game.

Initial reports suggested a metal-tipped arrow, which landed on the playing surface as the match was ongoing, had been fired from outside the ground.

Cricket players were urged to leave the pitch after a crossbow bolt was sacked into the ground. According to report, an or crossbow bolt had landed on the pitch during the match.

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"The ground is in the process of a controlled evacuation". The umpires, who were alerted of this foreign object by the players, quickly ushered them back to the dressing rooms.

Cricket players were urged to leave the pitch after a crossbow bolt was sacked into the ground.

talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble is at the scene and says many of those present believe the projectile may have been fired by a child, possibly by mistake. We retain an open mind as to motive.

The match was stopped after the first ball of the 69th over with Middlesex 214 for seven in their second innings.

  • Lawrence Cooper