Police operation in place for Saturday’s East Anglian derby play-off

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Police in Norfolk and Suffolk have been working closely with football clubs and British Transport Police to prepare for this weekend’s East Anglian derby playoff match.

Around 2,000 Ipswich fans are expected to travel to Norwich for the match at Carrow Road on Saturday, with kick-off at 12.15pm.

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 on March 1.

Prior to the match, it is possible, depending on crowd numbers, that short closures will be put in place on these roads; allowing fans to walk safely to the stadium.

Fans are requested to keep to the pavement in the interests of safety.

Normal road closures will also be in place around Carrow Road before and after the match.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: “Clearly the stakes are high, but this is a great local derby event for the championship play-offs and we can no doubt expect passionate and 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.

“By the end of this match we will know who is going to Wembley and continues in their quest for promotion to the Premier League. As the Police Commander, I expect elation and dismay in equal measures. Please don’t let these emotions spill over.”

For up-to-date information and road closure advice on match day, follow @NorfolkPolice