Police helicopter to patrol skies for Ipswich Town v Norwich City game on Sunday

The police helicopter. Stock image: PHIL MORLEY

The police helicopter. Stock image: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Football fans are being reminded to plan their route to Portman Road in advance ahead of this weekend’s derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

Officers met at Portman Road today to discuss the policing plan for the weekend's derby match. Pictu

Officers met at Portman Road today to discuss the policing plan for the weekend's derby match. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT - Credit: Archant

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10.30am on Sunday with kick-off at 12pm.

Police are encouraging both sets of fans to arrive at the ground early to enjoy the clash safely.

Supporters are also being reminded that due to the high number of away fans travelling by coach, access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and closed for a short time afterwards.

Bag searches will be taking place for the safety of all spectators and the police helicopter will be hovering above to support officers on the ground.

Police commander for the match Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: “As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely and enjoy the game.

“We are supported by colleagues from across the east of England as well as horses from the Metropolitan Police.

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“I would ask that anyone planning to be in the town centre area of Ipswich on Sunday takes note of the road closures and congestion expected.

“While we will not tolerate mindless anti-social behaviour, violence or racist chanting, we know that true fans attend to enjoy the game and we hope they have a great day.

He added: “The public are encouraged to approach police if they have any questions on the day.

“Officers will be on hand to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal daily business.”

Altered entry and exit arrangements are being put in place to minimise bottlenecks and congestion.

Supporters in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will have the option to leave the stadium after the match via the main drive into Constantine Road, or using the practice pitch into Sir Alf Ramsey Way.

The exit for Portman Road will also be open for supporters who wish to leave that way.

Road closures will be in place at various times on Portman Road and on Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street and Commercial Road, Ranelagh Road and Burrell Road.

These will remain in force for a short time after the game has finished.