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Ipswich Town badge incident was a pre-planned training exercise, fire service says

PUBLISHED: 16:36 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 19:19 18 February 2019

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service say they took part in a pre-planned training exercise at the Portman Road ground on Monday afternoon Pictures: JAKE FOXFORD

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service say they took part in a pre-planned training exercise at the Portman Road ground on Monday afternoon Pictures: JAKE FOXFORD

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Crews thought to have been called out to fix a falling Ipswich Town badge were actually taking part in a pre-planed training exercise, Suffolk's fire service has said.

The fire brigade was called to the Portman Road football ground. Pictures: JAKE FOXFORDThe fire brigade was called to the Portman Road football ground. Pictures: JAKE FOXFORD

Two fire engines were on scene behind the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand this afternoon as an Ipswich Town FC badge seemingly in danger of falling apart was fixed.

A metal plate was seen hanging off the lower part of the crest, blowing with each gust of wind on the wet and windy afternoon.

The badge, located at on the top of the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, does not face a pedestrian walkway.

However the gated area is used as a loading bay for nearby Office Outlet and Better Gym, so could have proved a hazard to vehicles and workers.

But Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service have since said that this was a pre-planned training excercise between themselves and the club, and was not an emergency call out.

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