Town and Cardiff fans asked to behave responsibly

OFFICERS are appealing for football fans to enjoy the town game against Cardiff but to behave responsibly.

Fans from both teams are asked to respect each other at this Saturday’s big game, with more than 80 officers from Suffolk and the British Transport Police set to monitor the game.

The turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 1.30pm and kick off is at 3pm.

Superintendent John Everett, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: “This will be an exciting game for both teams. We hope that people celebrate the match sensibly and in the right spirit.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder.

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“We will continue our use of firm but fair policing to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.”

The tactics used may result in some minor delays and may restrict movement in the vicinity of the ground but both sets of fans are asked to be patient as they are aimed at ensuring everyone’s safety.

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Town residents are asked to be prepared for crowd and traffic congestion and disruption on the day and to avoid the town if not attending the game. The Portman Road car park will be used for the away supporters coaches so public parking at this site will be limited.

A police spokesperson later said: “Those attending this match by coach or train are reminded that it is an offence under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985 to carry or possess alcohol on coaches or trains being used for the principle purpose of carrying passengers for the whole or part of a journey to or from a designated sporting event.

“A person who knowingly causes or permits alcohol to be carried on a coach or train or who is drunk on a coach or train is also guilty of an offence. “

PC Marc Norman, Football Intelligence Officer, later added: “Our message is simple; enjoy the game, stay onside and don’t spoil it for others.”

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