Police praise Norwich and Ipswich football fans as East Anglian Derby passes without major incident

Lewis Grabban of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal from a shot by Cameron Jerome of Norw

Lewis Grabban of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal from a shot by Cameron Jerome of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026701/03/2015 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Police have praised fans from Norwich and Ipswich for showing 'good spirit' at today's East Anglian derby match.

The match, which saw the Canaries beat Ipswich 2-0 in their fourth consecutive win over their rivals, resulted in just four people being arrested in the lead-up and during the game held this afternoon at Carrow Road.

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

Earlier in the morning 14 Ipswich supporters were given direction to leave notices by British Transport Police as a result of their behaviour at Norwich train station.

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.


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Match-day policing commander, Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, 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.

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'Fourteen away fans were given direction to leave notices at Norwich train station as a result of their behaviour; enough to cause concern to officers who took this reactive measure in a bid to prevent disorder. These supporters had been spoken to by police during their journey from Ipswich and were fully aware of the standards of behaviour expected but sadly their conduct fell short of this resulting in police taking action.

'Additional road closures were put in place to ensure the safety of those attending before and after the match and I would like to thank motorists for 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.

Two people were arrested for breaching direction to leave notices, man was detained at the ground for causing criminal damage while a fourth person was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Despite taunting from both sets of supporters, police were able to keep Norwich and Ipswich fans apart as they arrived to Carrow Road.

Before the game some Norwich and Ipswich fans attempted to goad each other, but police who were stood in the middle of the two sets of supporters were able to prevent anything from happening.

Goals by Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban handed the Canaries the three points, in front of a new all-seater record attendance at Carrow Road at 27,005, the largest since 1983.

Post match, a large group of police officers marched down to the train station with Ipswich fans.

Three police horses were placed by the front doors of the train station to prevent any violence escalating.

There were delays for travellers with the 4.20pm Norwich to Ipswich train delayed by eight minutes due to disruptive passengers.

Around 2,000 Ipswich fans were expected to make the trip to Norfolk for today's game, however it was the Canary fans who left Carrow Road smiling.

Stephen Ricketts, 53, of Aylsham Road, Norwich, said: 'I'm absolutely ecstatic, it was a cracking performance from our lads and a great atmosphere. We proved today why we are out of their league, and hopefully the way the table looks soon enough we will be ahead of their league in the Premier League next season.

Trish Fulcher, 62, of Great Yarmouth, attended the match with her husband Richard, and grandson Thomas, 11, for his first ever Norwich match.

She said: 'I have been supporting Norwich for nearly 50 years and I think it was such a great game to introduce Thomas to his first experience of the Canaries. We never looked like losing.'

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