Norfolk Constabulary: Police plans in place for derby match

Norwich City and Ipswich Town meet in the play-offs

11 May 2015

Football fans can expect friendly and fair policing at this
week s East Anglian derby playoff match.

Around 2,000 Ipswich fans are expected to travel to Norwich for
the match at Carrow Road on Saturday 16 May with kick-off at
12.15pm.

A policing operation involving officers from Norfolk and Suffolk
has been designed with the aim of keeping people safe and to assist
travelling fans from the train station and coach park to the
stadium.

Officers will be signposting Ipswich supporters arriving by
train and coach to the stadium via Lower Clarence Road, Clarence
Road and Carrow Road, as they did when the teams last met in the
city on Sunday 1 March.

Prior to the match it is possible, depending on crowd numbers,
that short closures will be put in place on these roads; allowing
fans to walk safely to the stadium. We would request that fans keep
to the pavement in the interests of safety. Normal road closures
will also be in place around Carrow Road before and after the
match.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, who will be overseeing the
policing operation, said: “Clearly the stakes are high, but this is
a great local derby event for the championship play-offs and we can
no doubt expect passionate and healthy rivalry between two family
friendly clubs and supporters.

“The police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has
a great day out and the vast majority of fans will enjoy the event
in the right spirit.

Our focus will be on those whose behaviour
spoils everyone else s enjoyment and to manage areas where we have
seen issues before at other matches as fans travel to and from the
stadium.

“By the end of this match we will know who is going to Wembley
and continues in their quest for promotion to the Premier League.

As the Police Commander, I expect elation and dismay in equal
measures.

Please don t let these emotions spill over.

Police have been working closely with colleagues in Suffolk,
British Transport Police and the football clubs to ensure the
smooth running of the operation on the day.

For up-to-date information and road closure advice on match day,
follow @NorfolkPolice1.

Pub information

Norfolk Constabulary has been working closely with licensees in
Norwich to identify a suitable venue for away supporters; however
they have all self-declared themselves as home only.

Therefore, there is no designated away pub for ITFC
supporters.

References

  1. ^ @NorfolkPolice (www.twitter.com)

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