Policing will be ‘firm and friendly’ at derby day match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City on Sunday
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Football fans are being reminded of road closures and expected disruption on town centre roads on Sunday ahead of the derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.
Almost 2,000 Norwich City fans are expected to head to Ipswich for the match, and police are encouraging both sets of fans to arrive at the Portman Road ground early in order to enjoy the fixture safely.
Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10:30am, ahead of kick-off at 12pm.
Access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and closed for a short period of time afterwards to allow entry to coaches, and availability of spaces at the Portman Road Car Park will be greatly reduced.
Road closures will also be in place on Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street and Commercial Road from 8am until after the game, while the pedestrian access from Cardinal Park to Princes Street, known as Sedan Walk, will also be temporarily closed.
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Chief Superintendent Louisa Pepper said; “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.
“We want both sets of supporters to enjoy the game in a responsible and respectful way. Arrangements are being put in place to ensure supporters can get safely into the ground and police and stewards will be working together to maintain public safety throughout the operation.
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“We have already stated that our policing will be both firm and friendly - we will be dealing with fans as they would expect to be treated themselves and we hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any 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.”
Follow @suffolkpolice for regular updates on road closure information on match day.