Police warn Ipswich Town and Norwich City fans disorder will not be tolerated

A strong police presence in Portman Road at this season's Ipswich v Norwich derby

A strong police presence in Portman Road at this season's Ipswich v Norwich derby - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A senior police officer has warned Ipswich Town and Norwich City fans violence, alcohol-fuelled disorder and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on Saturday.

A large-scale police operation for the eagerly-awaited play-off game will include a mounted police presence, and will also see road closures near the ground.

Suffolk Constabulary said supporters of both teams can expect a “firm, friendly and fair” approach.

With more than 2,000 Norwich City fans expected to travel to Ipswich officers are encouraging both sets of fans to arrive at the ground early.

Policing Commander for Ipswich, Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: “We expect both sets of supporters to enjoy the game in a responsible and respectful way.

“We will be dealing with fans as they would expect to be treated. There will be a strong, visible policing presence and our style will be firm, friendly and fair.

“We have been working closely with our partners during recent weeks, with officers from Suffolk, Norfolk and British Transport Police working side-by-side on match day to ensure the smooth running of our policing operation.

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“We hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence or alcohol-fuelled disorder.

“The majority of fans attending will be there to enjoy the game and we will be there to welcome them. Officers will be approachable and are there to ensure the safety of those attending the game and members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.”

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10:45am with kick-off at 12:15pm.

Supporters are reminded that due to the high number of away supporters travelling by coach, access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and closed for a short period of time after the match. Availability of spaces at the Cattle Market Car Park will be greatly reduced.

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