Update: Police say 'thank you' to Ipswich and Norwich fans after derby passes without trouble
PUBLISHED: 18:35 23 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:35 23 August 2014
Sarah Lucy brown
Suffolk police have thanked supporters who attended the East Anglian derby earlier today for making it a "safe and enjoyable" event.
Only two arrests were made during the lead-up to and aftermath of the game between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, both for low level public order offences.
More than 25,000 people attended the match, a 1-0 for Norwich, with around 2,000 of them part of a vocal travelling contingent.
Policing operations commander Inspector Matt Rose said the event had been a fantastic sporting event for the two clubs.
“We would like to highlight the good-natured spirit shown by both sets of supporters in the build-up to the game and then afterwards,” he said. “We hope they felt we were firm, yet fair with our decisions and tactics to ensure they enjoyed the atmosphere, the game and their journeys to and from the ground.
“We would like to thank our counterparts from Norfolk Police and British Transport Police for supporting us on the day and, indeed, in the weeks leading up to the match.
“We would also thank our other partners and those who were worked with to ensure the day ran smoothly.
“We’re aware that we may have caused disruption to some people, but we hope they understand why we made certain decisions.
“Finally, we thank those motorists and general public who had been in the vicinity of the ground and train station who showed patience with our necessary road closures.”
There was a large police presence at the ground before and after the fixture, including mounted officers who were used to provide a barrier between the two sets of fans as those from Norwich arrived from the railway station.
Portman Road itself was split into two sections by police vans, the end near Sir Alf Ramsey Way being reserved for home fans and the end closest to Princes Street set up to accommodate both sets of supporters.
Ipswich fans with tickets for the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand were directed to the left of the police barriers with the visitors being set to the right.