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Fans show ‘good-spirit' at East Anglian derby

Police have thanked fans from Norwich and Ipswich for showing "good spirit" at today’s East Anglian derby match.

More than 27,000 fans attended the match and just two people were arrested in the lead-up to the game this afternoon (Sunday 10 February) at Carrow Road.

About 1,870 Ipswich Town FC supporters travelled to the city for the noon kick-off with friendly but firm policing.

After the match police put cordons in place around the stadium to ensure fans could move safely from the ground and begin their journeys home.

Match-day policing commander, Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, said: "This is a match that provokes strong emotions in both sets of supporters but overall there was good spirit between fans and minimal disorder.

"We always said our approach would be fair but firm to ensure supporters enjoyed the game and could complete their journeys to and from the stadium in a safe environment, and I’m pleased to say that’s exactly what happened.

"Given there were nearly 30,000 fans here and we had only two arrests, I want to thank everybody for their time, understanding and patience in helping us to make sure this match passed off safely.

"A brief additional road closure was put in place before kick-off to ensure supporters could walk along the road safely, and I would like to thank motorists for their co-operation during this time."

Police have also thanked counterparts in Suffolk and British Transport Police for their assistance as well as other partner agencies involved in the operation.

Two men were arrested before the match for public order offences near the stadium. They remain in custody.

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