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Specsavers Championship, Thursday, August 31, 2017

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  • Statement from Metropolitan Police

    Police were made aware at 16:35hrs on Thursday, 31 August of reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground.

    Officers are on scene.

    The ground is in the process of a controlled evacuation.

    There are no reported injuries.

    At this early stage it is believed that the object came from outside of the ground.

    There have been no arrests.

    We retain an open mind as to motive. Enquiries continue.

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

    • Live Update
    Vithushan Ehantharajah at The Oval

    Right, so where to begin... 

    After a ball of the 69th over, the umpires were shown something by the players which landed on the square, not too far away from Ollie Pope. The umpires then gestured for the players to go off and a number of them ran from the field, back to the changing rooms. They were waiting on the balcony and now have gone inside as per the request of security staff.

    What we know so far: 
    - A projectile was fired into the field 
    - It landed somewhere near a Surrey fielder and was shown to the umpires. As per Staurt Meaker's tweet, it was a metal tipped arrow. 
    - The advice from the police and security, originally to find cover, is now to move inside. 
  • Vithushan Ehantharajah reports from The Oval after an arrow fired onto the outfield causes an armed police response

    • Today's Headlines
    • Armed police attend serious incident at Kia Oval
    • Championship match suspended after metal-tipped arrow lands on outfield
    • Arrow lands near square close to Surrey batsman Ollie Pope
    • Bemused Surrey and Middlesex players told arrow fired from outside ground as return to dressing rooms
    • Police search area
    • Players and spectators advised to take cover for own safety
    Other headlines:
    • Second-placed Lancashire beat Warwickshire,
    • Essex beat Somerset without Mohammad Amir, who is suffering from back spasms - Jamie Porter takes 12-95 in match
    • John Simpson fends off Surrey challenge after Sam Curran puts champions Middlesex in relegation sweat
    • Leaders Notts move closer to promotion after completing victory over Northants, who were docked five points for a slow over-rate.
    • Worcestershire go 2nd - Ravi Ashwin 5 for 68
    • Durham see off Derbyshire – but Keaton Jennings fails again
    • Rain forces draw at Canterbury
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