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Countdown continues to Saturday's big derby game

As the countdown continues to Saturday's big derby game between Ipswich and Norwich, Suffolk police say they will be 'firm, but friendly and fair' to fans on match day.

The force has doubled the number of officers usually on duty. Extra trains are being put on from Norwich to Ipswich and there will be some road closures around Portman Road to cope with the numbers.

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Police urge fans to enjoy play-off clash 'sensibly and in the right spirit'

Police are promising football fans a "firm, friendly and fair" approach to Saturday's play-off clash between Ipswich and Norwich.

More than 2,000 Canaries fans are expected to make the journey down to Portman Road for the first leg of the semi-final.

Officers have urged fans to arrive early. Kick-off is at 12.15pm with turnstiles opening at 10.45am.

"We hope that people will enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence or alcohol-fuelled disorder.

"The 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 game and members of the public wishing to go about their normal business."

– Supt Louisa Pepper, Suffolk Police.

Road closures will be in place from 5am on Saturday at Portman Road and on Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street and Commercial Road. The pedestrian route known as Sedan Walk will also be closed.

Extra trains laid on for Ipswich v Norwich play-off semi final

Extra trains will run on Saturday for fans heading to Ipswich. Credit: PA archive.

Extra trains will be put on for football fans heading to this weekend's play-off clash between Ipswich Town and Norwich City .

The first leg of the Championship play-off semi final takes place at Portman Road on Saturday.

Rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia says an extra service will leave Norwich at 10.50am, calling at Diss and arriving at Ipswich at 11.33am in time for the 12.15pm kick-off.

An additional train will also run from Ipswich to Norwich - leaving at 2.35pm - to get fans home.


Funeral held for brother and sister

John and Marie Wright with their mother Angela Credit: ITV News Anglia

23-year-old John and Marie Wright from Ipswich were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when they were just 2 weeks old. They died within a week of each other.

Today family and friends paid tribute to the pair who had given so much to raise awareness of the disease which affects around 10 thousand people in the UK.

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