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Police plans in place for East Anglian derby

Football fans can expect friendly and fair policing at next month's East Anglian derby.

About 2,000 Ipswich fans are expected to travel to Norwich for the match at Carrow Road that kicks off at noon on Sunday 10 February.

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.

Before the match, depending on crowd numbers, it is possible that short closures will be put in place on these roads allowing fans to walk safely to the stadium. Normal road closures will also be in place around Carrow Road before and after the match.

Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: "This is one of the highlights of the season for both sets of supporters and a great local derby with healthy rivalry.

"These are two family friendly clubs and supporters and we ask people to enjoy the match and enjoy the occasion in the right spirit.

"As always, the police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has a great day out. The majority of fans attending will be there to enjoy the game and we'll be there to welcome them but it should also come as no surprise that our focus will be on those whose behaviour spoils the enjoyment of everybody else, and to manage areas where we have seen issues before at other matches.”

Police have been working closely with colleagues in Suffolk, British Transport Police and both 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.