Armed police alert as crossbow bolt lands on Oval pitch during match

A tweet from Middlesex's official account confirmed play had been suspended "on advice of security" and featured a picture of the object being held by an umpire.

There were no reports of injuries.

Play was suspended in the County Championship clash between Surrey and Middlesex after a "projectile" was sacked into the ground, according to the competition's official Twitter feed.

A spokesperson for Surrey County Cricket Club told CNN the "arrow landed between balls, a couple of pitches away from the players". BBC Sport reported that armed police were dispatched to the scene.

"Police were made aware at 16:35hrs (1535 GMT) on Thursday, 31 August of reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into The Oval cricket ground", said Scotland Yard.

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.

The game between Surrey and Middlesex was suspended following Thursday's incident which sparked a controlled-evacuation at the stadium. "The umpires took it out of the ground and took the players off".

Fans were evacuated from stands in the central London cricket ground, while players were ordered off the pitch.

Police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to motive.

Shortly before 4.30pm, when play stopped because of the arrow falling on the square, Middlesex were 214-7, though the match has now been abandoned.