Police warning ahead of Ipswich Town v Leeds United clash at Portman Road on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 12:39 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 15 February 2017

Mounted police in Portman Road before an Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Mounted police in Portman Road before an Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Potential troublemakers have been warned ahead of Ipswich Town’s home clash against Leeds United on Saturday.

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring the winner with teammate Luke Hyam in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016.       Picture: Steve Waller        www.stephenwaller.com Brett Pitman celebrates scoring the winner with teammate Luke Hyam in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Around 2,000 Leeds fans are expected to make the trip in as many as 25 coaches for the Championship fixture at Portman Road (3pm kick-off).

Police will put in place a number of road closures during the day to help ensure another peaceful encounter between the two clubs.

Acting Superintendent Paul Bradford, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: “We would ask both sets of supporters to enjoy the game in a responsible and respectful way, and our policing style will be firm, friendly and fair.

“We hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit, as we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.

“We expect around 2,000 Leeds supporters to travel to Portman Road, many of them by coach, and because of this access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and closed for a short period of time after it.”

A large part of the Old Cattle Market car park in the town centre will be closed to vehicles in order to accommodate the travelling Leeds coaches.

Portman Road will be closed for around 15 to 30 minutes after the match to allow Leeds fans to re-board their coaches and to help the fleet depart.

Town fans leaving the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will be able to leave the stadium towards Princes Street, but Portman Road towards Handford Road will be closed.

Town supporters leaving the Sir Bobby Robson Stand will not be able to walk down Portman Road. Instead, they will need to walk around the Old Cattle Market car park to reach Princes Street.

Acting Supt Bradford added: “Availability of spaces at the Cattle Market Car Park will be reduced because of coach parking and we’d ask that residents and visitors to the ground are aware of the arrangements to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible.

“We know that the vast majority of fans attending will be there to enjoy the game and we will be there to welcome them. Officers will be approachable and are there to ensure the safety of those attending the match and members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.”

Town beat Leeds 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season thanks to Brett Pitman’s last-minute winner.

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