Extra police for Town-Swansea game

POLICE are calling for good behaviour and are drafting in more than 100 police officers for Ipswich Town's clash with Swansea on Saturday.

POLICE are calling for good behaviour and are drafting in more than 100 police officers for Ipswich Town's clash with Swansea on Saturday.

The Portman Road car park will be used for the away supporters' coaches meaning public parking at the site will be limited while Portman Road itself will be inaccessible to home fans and the public for a short time after the game so Swansea fans can be escorted to their coaches.

The move follows trouble last month when eight people were arrested when Swansea played local rivals Cardiff.

Five people were arrested in the ground, while a further three were detained before the game - the first meeting between the two sides in almost 10 years.

Despite appeals from both clubs for calm before the game, South Wales Police reported that officers and stewards were attacked by missiles hurled from the stands as they attempted to keep opposing fans apart.

The trouble continued outside when Swansea fans clashed with police.

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Superintendent John Everett, who will be overseeing the police operation, said: “This will be an exciting game for Ipswich and Swansea fans.

“We will continue our use of firm but fair policing to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.”

Members of the public are being asked to be prepared for crowd and traffic congestion and to avoid town if not attending the game.

Police are also asking that people car share and use public transport or the park and ride if convenient.