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Update: Police say ‘thank you’ to Ipswich and Norwich fans after derby passes without trouble

18:35 23 August 2014

Police dominate the streets of Ipswich at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Police dominate the streets of Ipswich at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk police have thanked supporters who attended the East Anglian derby earlier today for making it a “safe and enjoyable” event.

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Police dominate the streets of Ipswich at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.Police dominate the streets of Ipswich at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Only two arrests were made during the lead-up to and aftermath of the game between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, both for low level public order offences.

More than 25,000 people attended the match, a 1-0 for Norwich, with around 2,000 of them part of a vocal travelling contingent.

Policing operations commander Inspector Matt Rose said the event had been a fantastic sporting event for the two clubs.

“We would like to highlight the good-natured spirit shown by both sets of supporters in the build-up to the game and then afterwards,” he said. “We hope they felt we were firm, yet fair with our decisions and tactics to ensure they enjoyed the atmosphere, the game and their journeys to and from the ground.

“We would like to thank our counterparts from Norfolk Police and British Transport Police for supporting us on the day and, indeed, in the weeks leading up to the match.

“We would also thank our other partners and those who were worked with to ensure the day ran smoothly.

“We’re aware that we may have caused disruption to some people, but we hope they understand why we made certain decisions.

“Finally, we thank those motorists and general public who had been in the vicinity of the ground and train station who showed patience with our necessary road closures.”

There was a large police presence at the ground before and after the fixture, including mounted officers who were used to provide a barrier between the two sets of fans as those from Norwich arrived from the railway station.

Portman Road itself was split into two sections by police vans, the end near Sir Alf Ramsey Way being reserved for home fans and the end closest to Princes Street set up to accommodate both sets of supporters.

Ipswich fans with tickets for the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand were directed to the left of the police barriers with the visitors being set to the right.

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17 comments

  • It's now 6 wins out of 6 after Mondays win over sudbury ,the invite is still open to ipswich fans to come and watch a real football team

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    pandy

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • glenda has got a box and it is filled by men on a saturday afternoon . [sounds a bit rude]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I went to needham market football club on Saturday ,no police £5 to get in ,good football ,no falling down by the players if another looks at them, tea coffee only £1 ,beer £2.80 a pint and to top it all a 5x3 win for needham who are now top of the league after a 5 out of 5 wins better that ipswich ,so why not next Saturday ipswich fans give us a try.

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    pandy

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Waspie's wife....Have to agree with alittlebitwooly. Haven't got enough policeman to put out beats round the estates as their used to be and crimes in general have got more aggressive. Yet this cost in manpower and overtime has not been cut. Mid 70's there were 9 panda beats, 9 town centre beats, double crewed area car, 3 Sgts and an Inspector per shift and that was before the kind of recent crime we see in this paper.

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    waspie

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • This is why I despise football - if fans can't be trusted to such an extent that they have to be separated by a line of horses and police vans then there should be no match at all. You don't see the need for these measures at rugby or cricket matches, or with people watching athletics.

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Mona's on Facebook. She wants to assure Poppys (sic) Dad and beerlover (sic) that not all football supporters are the same. For example, Mona, Glenda and their friends provide observations, through these pages, that are written in the finest English, that are pithy and witty and, dare I say it, erudite. Glenda was at the game today. She never hurls abuse, although she does own a fox hat. But she can be rather vocal. She has a box, you see, and she gets her men friends to fill it for her of a Saturday afternoon.

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    Rita WAG

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Sounds like Poppy's Dad doesn't think the police need to justify their actions and everyone should accept they know best. In the light of their previous failures I doubt any reasonable person would accept that. I wonder how many people they would expect to arrest on any other Saturday of a bank holiday weekend? Maybe two? Not sure why anybody thinks ITFC should pay for any of the policing as the police are solely responsible for assessing the risk and mitigating it. Surely they now need to justify their plan.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Should have patrolled the bridge. There should have been 11 people jumping!!!!

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    graham garrod

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I find it really sad that we have to put horses through this.

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    RachelM

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • can I just ask why so many police . vans , car ,horses , dogs , lions ... was we have a EDL march and islam march ...... over policed operation for two arrests. I bet that cost a bit .... could have brought a striker with that money

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    Lee mundy

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • TWO arrests - wow, big news...

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    Robotix

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Why should every police officer know what the operational commander is thinking as to Amsterdam's comment ? Sometimes they don't know themselves , so stop being critical . A Public order event concludes when the Gold Commander says so , then things get back to normal . As to the Police not knowing why they were there , it was because of a potential large public order offence , because of their presence there wasn't .

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Be interesting to know how much ITFC contributed towards the TOTAL cost of the policing of this event. As a business charging for admission and being in full receipt of ticket and associated sales at the venueevent one would assume that they would meet the full cost, indeed if I organised an event in Ipswich I would be expected to provide adequate security and pay for policing - I wonder why ITFC believes it is more than a money making machine and why it doesn't have to contribute the full amount for its policing requirements leaving the tax payer to help swell their coffers even further - perhaps our paper could get some figures and comments on this matter.

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    dale craven

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Having been to the match I didn't see any problems except for 2000 people in the Cobbold stand standing up thought the game. I thought that was illegal under the Thatcher law, but perhaps it isn't any longer. I expect the police can explain their actions. The only other issue were the large numbers of police milling around in the streets who didn't seem to know why they were there or when things could return to normal. Although the roads were shut and the busses stopped nobody seemed to know when serices would be restored.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • It is the typical Football Fan unfortunately , just look at the language that is used when comparing each others team and players , let alone the songs and things they shout out at the games .

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Let's just hope Ipswich fans behave better than the disgusting way many of them behaved last time they lost to Norwich. I had the misfortune to be on a train which arrived in Ipswich as they were coming out of that game and it was a very unpleasant and threatening experience.

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    beerlover

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Complete overkill by the police .biggest wast of manpower I have seen .

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    Town watch

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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