Sunday, November 19, 2006

Probe underway after crossbow fired onto pitch

I love crossbows. I'm going to buy one, when I can be assured that this kind of pursuit of material possessions is not a substitute for some sort of emotional deficit..

A police investigation has been launched after a crossbow bolt was fired into a stadium during a non-league match in Stockport yesterday, prompting the game's abandonment.

The incident occurred during the Unibond First Division game between Woodley Sports and Alsager Town, which the home side were leading 3-0 at the time.

With 13 minutes of the match remaining, the referee noticed something had been launched into Woodley's Lambeth Grove stadium and had become embedded in the artificial pitch.

Alsager chairman Graham McGarry, who was at the game, said: 'We wondered if it was a firework or something that had gone on that no-one else had seen.

'The referee had spotted something that had come down the ground. He brought the managers together with the object and brought the players together and marched them off, all within two minutes.

'We found out it was a two-foot steel arrow that was fired into the ground from outside.

'The police were called to the ground and the arrow was given to them for forensic examination.'

He added to Sky Sports News: 'This was a serious incident and could have been a tragedy. It whistled past the left-back of Woodley Sports.

'All the players were in agreement with the referee, you could not carry on. After one was fired they may have been set up outside the ground to fire more.

'It wasn't just the players, you don't know where they could have landed. There were children watching the game.'


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