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Police patrols increased for Elton John concert at Portman Roads

Elton John is scheduled to play at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road on Saturday night. Credit: PA

Extra officers will be on patrol at Portman Road on Saturday as thousands head to the ground to see Elton John.

Visitors are being advised that extra security measures will be in place following the Manchester attack.

Bag searches will also be undertaken and fans are being urged to arrive early .

Armed police will be patrolling the area before, during and after the event.

Enhanced security measures will be in place Credit: ITV News Anglia

Superintendent Jon Dodman, who is overseeing policing at the ground, says planning for the concert has been underway for some time, and this was reviewed in light of terrorist incidents in London and Manchester.

We have been liaising with organisers to put sensible measures in place to ensure concert goers can have a safe and enjoyable evening.

We know that armed officers can be an unusual sight on the streets of Suffolk, but please don’t be unduly concerned. Armed officers will be supporting uniformed patrols and all are there to provide reassurance. We would ask concert goers to remain vigilant but not to be alarmed. Please be alert for any suspicious behaviour and talk to police or security staff if you have any concerns.

– Superintendent Jon Dodman

Police have issued the following advice for people heading to the concert:

  • Police are urging concert goers not to bring large bags with them, and to only bring a small bag if really necessary, as there will be searches for those heading into the ground.
  • Officers are also urging everyone to allow extra time for their journey, to arrive in plenty of time or to find alternate routes if you’re not heading to the concert.