England game is police's biggest op ever

UP to 600 police officers will be on duty in Ipswich next week as part of the England match at Portman Road which will is the largest Suffolk police operation in history.

UP to 600 police officers will be on duty in Ipswich next week as part of the England match at Portman Road which will is the largest Suffolk police operation in history.

Most of the officers will be part of Suffolk Constabulary and will also include the Metropolitan Police's mounted section, which will include 14 horses, and officers from Cambridge and British Transport Police.

Supt Carl Puiy, who is overseeing the policing operation, for next Wednesday's game said: "The planning started a week before the official announcement with meetings between myself, the head of the Football Association, National Criminal Intelligence Unit, British Transport Police and ITFC.

"The planning process is continuing and involves Ipswich Borough Council and all the licensees in the town. This will be the largest police operation in the history of Suffolk Constabulary."

Mr Puiy, who is operations manager for the southern area of Suffolk said the policing operation was being backed up by the England spotting team, who monitor and gather information on the "risk supporters".

"Our football liaison officer Pc Dave King is a member of the England spotting team and we're drawing upon his experience as well as he has policed international fixtures.

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"Publicans have been advised not to sell alcohol in glasses on the day but in plastic cups. They have been advised to remove table and chairs as past experience suggests these can pose a problem."

The majority of the funding for the police operation is coming from the Football Association.

An Ipswich police spokeswoman said many officers on duty for the match would normally be on rest or training days, and added that there would be the same amount of police on patrol elsewhere in the county on the day.

"There will be zero tolerance of any criminal disorder or anti-social behaviour," said Mr Puiy.

"We're now sorting out traffic management issues. With the England match, I know from the ticket sales that 60% will be coming from outside Suffolk. They don't know where to park and they don't know the stadium."

On match day, there will be no car parking in Portman Road. Two special park-and-ride sites, at the sugar beet factory in Sproughton and opposite the Holiday Inn off Scrivener Drive, will operate from 11am to 11.30pm at the cost of £5 all day.

All car parks near the ground will be closed for security reasons and town centre parking will cost £12 for the day.

Coach parking will be accessed via the A14 and A12 to A1214 London Road then Handford Road where the Police will control the turn across traffic into Portman Road. The charge for coach parking will be £10.

After the match, police will escort coaches in priority groups out of Ipswich.

Parking for blue badge holders only will be provided beside the ground at New Portman road. Access to this car park will be via Friars Bridge Road, off Princes Street.

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