Police make two arrests at Town’s match against Leeds

IPSWICH/LEEDS: Two football supporters were arrested and 14 fans were ejected from Portman Road at this weekend’s clash between Ipswich and Leeds United.

Police had issued a warning before the match that officers would be taking a “firm but fair” attitude towards any trouble, following problems at previous fixtures between the teams.

More than 100 officers from Suffolk, the Essex Mounted Branch and the British Transport Police were patrolling Portman Road on Saturday.

A spokeswoman from Suffolk Constabulary’s control room said despite the arrests and ejections, the behaviour of fans had not been a major issue.

A 52-year-old from Leeds was arrested and later charged with being drunk when entering a designated sports venue.

Steven Jones will appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on September 12.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old from West Yorkshire was arrested by Suffolk police and released with a caution.

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It is understood the man was initially arrested in connection with a common assault after pretending to hug a steward.

Portman Road was closed off to home fans and the public for a short time after the game to allow away fans to be escorted out of the area.

Superintendent Ian Sidney, who managed the operation on behalf of Suffolk police, previously warned fans that he hoped they would behave sensibility and “in the right spirit”.

Prior to the match, which saw Ipswich win 2-1, officers had also urged supporters to behave respectfully and responsibly.

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