Culprit of Oval's arrow attack incident arrested

Culprit of Oval’s arrow attack incident arrested

The arrow landed a few yards away from Surrey cricketer Rory Burns.

Play abandoned after arrow fired at the Oval. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketing fraternity saw a rather strange and shocking incident on Thursday during the English County Championship game between Surrey and Middlesex at the iconic Kennington Oval Cricket Ground in London. While the two teams were engaged in the battle on the field, an arrow flew into the ground and landed a few yards away from a cricketer. The arrow was declared a deadly weapon and investigation began to catch the culprit.

Today (September 2), the police were able to arrest the alleged shooter. The 35-year-old man was first taken to a South London Police station. He was, however, bailed but will be subjected to further enquiries at the end of the month. The detectives from Lambeth are in dire need of a footage which will validate the arrest.

“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 well-being 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,” said DC Dominic Landragin, as per reports in The Guardian.

Arrow with a proper metal end

The arrow measured between 12 and 18 inches and is expected to have been launched from outside the ground. It landed on the field at around 4:20 PM (English time) and was hauntingly close to Surrey fielder Rory Burns. While describing the arrow, Burns’ skipper Gareth Batty used the term “tasty”.

“It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end,” said Batty, who was standing 25 metres away from the spot where the arrow landed.