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12 May 2015

Football fans can expect friendly and fair policing as plans for the forthcoming East Anglian derby Play-Off match continue.

A policing operation involving officers from Norfolk and Suffolk has been designed with the aim of keeping people safe and to assist travelling fans from the train station and coach park to Carrow Road where Norwich City FC and Ipswich Town FC meet on Saturday 16 May.

Officers will be signposting Ipswich supporters arriving by train and coach to the stadium via Lower Clarence Road, Clarence Road and Carrow Road, as they did when the teams last met in the city on Sunday 1 March.

Prior to the match it is possible, depending on crowd numbers, that short closures will be put in place on these roads; allowing fans to walk safely to the stadium.

We would request that fans keep to the pavement in the interests of safety. Normal road closures will also be in place around Carrow Road before and after the match.

Officers have been working closely with licensees in Norwich to identify a suitable venue for away supporters; however they have all self-declared themselves as home only. Therefore, there is no designated away pub for ITFC supporters.

Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: “Clearly the stakes are high, but this is a great local derby event for the championship play-offs and we can no doubt expect passionate and healthy rivalry between two family friendly clubs and supporters.

“The police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has a great day out. Our focus will be on those whose behaviour spoils everyone else’s enjoyment and to manage areas where we have seen issues before at other matches as fans travel to and from the stadium.

“By the end of this match we will know who is going to Wembley and continues in their quest for promotion to the Premier League. As the Police Commander, I expect elation and dismay in equal measures. Please don’t let these emotions spill over.”

For up-to-date information and road closure advice on the day, follow @NorfolkPolice.

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