Derby clash sees 17 arrested

POLICE in Norfolk arrested 17 people in connection with the East Anglian derby football game between Ipswich and Norwich at Carrow Road.

POLICE in Norfolk arrested 17 people in connection with the East Anglian derby football game between Ipswich and Norwich at Carrow Road.

Ten people were arrested by Norfolk police, nine for public order offences and one on suspicion of trying to enter the football ground when drunk.

A further seven were arrested by British Transport Police officers in Norwich.

This figure included three Norwich fans arrested as trains carrying Town fans arrived at the station and three further Norwich fans arrested as Ipswich fans made their way to trains at the end of the game.

The seventh fan arrested by BTP officers was an Ipswich fan they had been trying to find since an incident in the town on March 31. He was arrested in the ground at the game yesterday .

A spokesman for Norfolk police said their 10 arrests included five Town and five City fans.

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Sgt Bob Munn of British Transport Police said: “There were about 1,200 to 1,300 Ipswich fans travelling by train and they were no problem at all, the only incidents happened in Norwich when their trains arrived.

“It was a busy day for us but there were no real problems.”

A spokesman for Norfolk police said there had been few major problems and the action of officers had allowed almost everyone at the match to have an enjoyable day.

The match had kicked off at noon at the request of the police so fans did not get the opportunity to buy drink in pubs before kick-off.

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