Extra security and police officers to patrol Elton John concert in Ipswich on Saturday

Elton John. Photo: Melanie Escombe

Elton John. Photo: Melanie Escombe - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police are increasing the number of officers on patrol in the Portman Road area of Ipswich on Saturday as thousands flock to see superstar Elton John play live on stage.

Extra security measures will be in place and police are advising those who come that there will be bag searches and a visible officer presence in the area around the ground, including a number of armed police.

Superintendent Jon Dodman, who is overseeing policing at the ground, said although planning for the concert has been underway for some time, it was recently reviewed in light of the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

He said: “We have been liaising with organisers to put sensible measures in place to ensure concert goers can have a safe and enjoyable evening.

“We know that armed officers can be an unusual sight on the streets of Suffolk, but please don’t be unduly concerned.

“Armed officers will be supporting uniformed patrols and all are there to provide reassurance.

“We would ask concert goers to remain vigilant but not to be alarmed.

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“Please be alert for any suspicious behaviour and talk to police or security staff if you have any concerns.”

Police are urging concert goers not to bring large bags with them, and to only bring a small bag if really necessary, as there will be searches for those heading into the ground.

They are also urging everyone to allow extra time for their journey, to arrive in plenty of time or to find alternate routes if you’re not heading to the concert.