East Anglian derby police plan
06 May 2015
Football supporters from both Ipswich and Norwich can expect a
“firm, friendly and fair policing operation in Suffolk s county
town when the two clubs meet later this week.
With over 2000 Norwich City fans expected to travel for the
Ipswich Town FC game on Saturday 9 May, police are encouraging both
sets of fans to arrive at the ground early in order to enjoy the
fixture safely. 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
Portman Road Car Park will be greatly reduced.
Road closures will be in place on Portman Road and on Princes
Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon
Street and Commercial Road.
These will be in place from 5am and
will remain in place for a short while after the game has ended. The pedestrian access from Cardinal Park to Princes Street known as
Sedan Walk will also be temporarily closed.
There will be some disruption to public transport as a result of
these closures. Buses will be operating via Cardinal Park whilst
Princes Street is closed.
Members of the public are advised to
check updated bus timetables and routes at
A special football train service will be running between Norwich
and Ipswich. This service leaves from Norwich at 10:50am and will
depart from Ipswich at 2:35pm. Further information is available at
Policing Commander for Ipswich, Superintendent Louisa Pepper
said: “I m sure fans in both counties are looking forward to
enjoying this week s game, and as for all fixtures, we expect both
sets of supporters to enjoy the game in a responsible and
“We will be dealing with fans as they would expect to be
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.
“We hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right
We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence or
“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
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