Ipswich vs Millwall

21 April 2012, 08:51

Suffolk Police are appealing to both Ipswich and Millwall supporters to enjoy the game this season, which is due to take place today but to behave respectfully and responsibly.

The turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 1.30pm and kick off is at 3pm.

Chief Superintendent David Skevington will be overseeing the policing operation, which will involve more than 100 officers from Suffolk, Suffolk Special Constabulary, Essex Mounted Branch and the British Transport Police.

He commented: "We welcome Millwall supporters and hope that everyone enjoys the match sensibly and in the right spirit. Both sets of fans will be respected but we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder. We will continue our use of firm but fair policing to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal business."

The public is asked to be prepared for crowd and traffic congestion and disruption on the day and to avoid the town if not attending the game. Car sharing and the use of public transport are advisable.

All supporters are also reminded that drinking alcohol is not permitted within sight of the pitch. Before the match begins away fans will be able to drink in The Riverside Hotel and Punch & Judy.

Those attending this match by coach or train are reminded that it is an offence under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985 to carry or possess alcohol on coaches or trains being used for the principle purpose of carrying passengers for the whole or part of a journey to or from a designated sporting event. A person who knowingly causes or permits alcohol to be carried on a coach or train or who is drunk on a coach or train is also guilty of an offence. Police have a stop and search power under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985 and will seize any alcohol located on the coaches, trains, or persons in order to reduce the potential for public order problems.