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Fans show ‘good-spirit’ at East Anglian derby

Police have thanked fans from Norwich and Ipswich for showing "good spirit” at today’s East Anglian derby match.

The match resulted in 12 fans being arrested in the lead-up and during the game held this afternoon (Sunday 18 February) at Carrow Road as well as several direction to leave notices given to supporters. 

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

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, Superintendent Dave Marshall, said: "Overall there was good spirit between both sets of fans resulting in minimal disorder.

"The policing operation was firm in places and these tactics were used to ensure supporters enjoyed the game and journeys to and from the stadium in a safe environment.

"A number of fans were given direction to leave notices as a result of their behaviour; which was enough to cause concern for officers who took this reactive measure in a bid to prevent disorder. These supporters had been spoken to by police and were fully aware of the standards of behaviour expected, but sadly their conduct fell short of this resulting in police taking action.

"Additional cordons were also put in place to ensure the safety of those attending after the match and I would like to thank away fans for their patience and their co-operation during this time.”

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

Twelve fans were arrested in total for various offences. Seven supporters were arrested for criminal damage offences, three arrested for assaults and two fans were arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Police plans in place for East Anglian derby

Football fans can expect friendly and fair policing at this weekend’s East Anglian derby.

About 2,000 Ipswich fans are expected to travel to Norwich for the match at Carrow Road on Sunday 18 February with kick-off at 12 noon.

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 to the stadium via Lower Clarence Road, Clarence Road and Carrow Road, as they did when the teams last met in the city in February 2017.

Following the match, NCFC supporters can expect a short delay in leaving the stadium from the Barclay end to Lower Clarence Road due to police cordons which will be in place to ensure crowd safety as they did when the teams last met in the city in February 2017.

Superintendent Dave Marshall, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: "This is a great local derby event with 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.”

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 @NorfolkPolice.