The policing operation to handle the East Anglian derby game led to a “safe and enjoyable” event for everyone in Ipswich town centre on Saturday, Suffolk Police has reported.
With just two arrests in the lead-up and aftermath of the game between Ipswich Town FC and Norwich City FC, police have thanked the public for their co-operation and both sets of fans for “behaving responsibly”.
Nearly 2,000 fans travelled to Portman Road for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and they were welcomed with firm, but friendly policing.
Policing operations commander, Insp Matt Rose, concluded that the event had been a fantastic sporting event for the two clubs.
“We would like to highlight the good-natured spirit shown by both sets of supporters in the build-up to the game and then afterwards,” said Insp Rose. “We hope they felt we were firm, yet fair with our decisions and tactics to ensure they enjoyed the atmosphere, the game and their journeys to and from the ground.”
With just two arrests carried out for low-level trouble, Suffolk Police is satisfied with the style of its policing operation and highlighted the support from others in making the event a safe and relaxed one.
Insp Rose added: “We would like to thank our counterparts from Norfolk Police and British Transport Police for supporting us on the day and, indeed, in the weeks leading up to the match. We would also thank our other partners and those who were worked with to ensure the day ran smoothly.
“We’re aware that we may have caused disruption to some people, but we hope they understand why we made certain decisions. Finally, we thank those motorists and general public who had been in the vicinity of the ground and train station who showed patience with our necessary road closures.”