Police call on fans to behave at derby

More than 300 officers will be on hand as police target potential troublemakers at the East Anglian derby next week.

Suffolk police are appealing to both sets of fans to enjoy the game at Portman Road, but to behave respectfully and responsibly at the game next Thursday.

But officers will be able to take action against anyone they fear may cause trouble.

Supt John Everett will be overseeing the policing operation, which will involve officers from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, and the British Transport Police.

He said: 'This will be an exciting game for both teams. The game in 2009 was a great success and a 'recipe' in partnership with Ipswich town football club, which will be used again this year. We hope that people celebrate the match sensibly and in the right spirit.

'We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder. We will replicate the tactics used in escorting visitors to and from Portman Road and will delay away supporters leaving the stadium after the final whistle to prevent any disorder.

'I respectfully request that fans remain in their seats until they are directed to leave the stadium.

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'We will continue our use of firm but fair policing to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.'

Proactive enforcement will include the use of 'direction to leave' notices. This power allows officers to serve a notice on any person they feel may cause alcohol-related violence. The person can be banned from a venue or even the whole town for up to 48 hours, and if they refuse to leave the area or return during this time they can be arrested.

Police horses from Essex, and police dogs from Suffolk and Norfolk will join officers on patrol, providing a high visibility presence and dealing with any disorder.

The public is warned to be prepared for crowd and traffic congestion and disruption on the day. Police tactics may result in some minor delays and may restrict movement around the ground.

Portman Road will be inaccessible to home fans and the public for a short time after the game to allow fans to be escorted to their transport.

The turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 6.15pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.