More than 300 police officers to be on duty in Norwich for East Anglian derby this weekend
PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 21 February 2017
Hundreds of police officers will be on the streets of Norwich on Sunday for the East Anglian derby game against Ipswich.
About 2,000 Ipswich Town fans are expected to travel to Norwich for the match at Carrow Road on Sunday with kick-off at midday.
A policing operation involving more than 300 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.
Norfolk Constabulary has also confirmed that specialist assets such as mounted officers, dog handlers and air support will be available to support policing the match.
Normal road closures will be in place around Carrow Road after the match but some other roads could be closed for a short period prior to kick-off to allow fans to walk safely 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 2015, and it is these roads which could possibly be closed.
The clubs last met in Norwich on May 16 2015 when the Canaries won 3-1 in the Championship play-offs. On that day five people were arrested - three Norwich fans and two Ipswich fans.
Chief 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.
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