Football fans thanked

16 May 2015

Police have thanked fans from Norwich and
Ipswich for showing “good spirit at today s East Anglian derby
play-off match.

The match resulted in just three people
being arrested in the lead-up and during the game held this
afternoon (Saturday 16 May) at Carrow Road.

Around 2,000 Ipswich Town FC supporters
travelled to the city for the 12.15pm kick-off with friendly, but
firm policing.

A 49-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested in
connection with a breach of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and
Policing Act 2014.

A 30-year-old man from Norwich was
arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and is being
questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.

A 24 year old man from Lowestoft was arrested
in connection with drinking in view of the pitch and was
subsequently given a caution.

After the match police put cordons in place
around the stadium to ensure fans could move safely from the ground
and begin their journeys home.

Match-day policing commander, Chief
Superintendent Nick Davison, said: “I am very pleased to say that
overall, the atmosphere at today s match was lively,
but good natured.

“Extensive planning went into the policing
operation, which was firm in places, with a significant
presence of officers.

This was necessary to ensure supporters
enjoyed the game and to cause the minimum impact possible on other
members of the public in the area.

I am very pleased to say that
the operation was carried out as planned with supporters enjoying a
fantastic atmosphere.

“A number of supporters, however behaved
unacceptably by coming onto the pitch after full time, which was
disappointing.

“Cordons were put in place to ensure the
safety of those attending before and after the match and I would
like to thank the supporters and motorists for their co-operation
during this time.

Police have thanked counterparts in Suffolk,
Essex, Cambridgeshire ,Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and British
Transport Police for their assistance as well as other partner
agencies involved in the operation.

Thames Valley Mounted Officers and their
horses played a very important role in preventing disorder and are
specially thanked.

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