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More than 300 officers on derby duty

PUBLISHED: 12:15 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 06 July 2010

MORE than 300 officers from Suffolk Constabulary and the British Transport Police will be on duty to oversee next week's East Anglian derby, it was announced today.

MORE than 300 officers from Suffolk Constabulary and the British Transport Police will be on duty to oversee next week's East Anglian derby, it was announced today.

Force chiefs told fans to expect “firm but fair policing” and warned troublemakers anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism and alcohol fuelled disorder would not be tolerated.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road on Sunday, April 19. The match will kick-off at 12.45pm.

Pubs around the ground will not be selling alcohol before the game but the turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 11.15am.

Superintendent John Everett, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: “This will be an exciting game for both teams.

“Last year's game was a great success and a recipe in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club which will be used again this year.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder. We will replicate the tactics used in escorting visitors to and from Portman Road and will delay visitors leaving the stadium after the final whistle to prevent any disorder.

“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.”

He said the tactics used may result in minor delays and may restrict movement in the vicinity of the ground but appealed to both sets of fans to be patient.

While Portman Road will not be closed to home fans after the match, police are encouraging supporters to clear the area around the stadium as soon as possible.

Supt Everett said: “Suffolk Police and Ipswich Town Football Club welcome well-behaved fans and I hope this match is remembered for all the right reasons.”

Town boss Jim Magilton said: “Derby games are special for players and supporters. Sunday's game should be a cracker so enjoy it and make it an occasion that both clubs can be proud of.”

Pc Marc Norman, football intelligence officer, added: “Our message is simple - enjoy the game, stay onside and don't spoil it for others.”

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