Seven arrested at Ipswich Town and Norwich City derby match

Town fans look up towards the Norwich supporters after a yellow flare was thrown into them during th

Town fans look up towards the Norwich supporters after a yellow flare was thrown into them during the first half of the Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 August 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Officers have made a number of arrests following today’s derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City – including two relating to the dispersal of a flare in the grounds.

The Suffolk constabulary keep an eye on the traveling Norwich fans after a couple of flares were lit

The Suffolk constabulary keep an eye on the traveling Norwich fans after a couple of flares were lit during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/08/2016 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

A number of people had to be treated by medics for the effects of the flares, but none were said to be seriously injured.

The arrests included a 23-year-old man from Norwich, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs.

A 23-year-old man from Colchester and a 57-year-old man from Witham were arrested on suspicion of breaching a section 35 dispersal notice to leave a designated area following anti-social behaviour.

A 29-year-old man from Felixstowe was arrested on suspicion of affray and a 23-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of assault.

A 34-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of discharging a flare in the stands in the ground while a 45-year-old man from Norwich was on suspicion of possessing a lit flare inside the ground.

All seven have been taken into custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

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Chief Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: “A very small minority appeared to be set on causing trouble and officers made several arrests during the course of the policing operation today.

“We said before the game that we would not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder and the vast majority of the 25,000 who attended were responsible and respectful.”