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Three arrests made after Ipswich Town v Huddersfield as Suffolk Police officer Alice Scott offers insight

Three arrests were made after Ipswich Town’s decisive game yesterday – as a police chief offers insight into what policing such a significant event entails.

Chief Superintendent Alice Scott from Suffolk Police revealed two arrests were made in connection with assault in the town centre yesterday, while one was on suspicion of criminal damage.

This came as the Blue Army celebrated Town’s promotion into the Premier League after scooping a 2-0 win against Huddersfield.

The scene at Portman Road yesterday. Picture: supplied.
The scene at Portman Road yesterday. Picture: supplied.

Chief Supt Scott said: “It was a brilliant, if long day yesterday, but ended with a really positive result.

“We had lots of plans in place and it was great to work with partners. Our main goal was about supporting people and allowing them to celebrate while emphasising public safety.

“The win and such a significant event were also brilliant for the town.”

Det Supt Scott said the force, working in partnership with Norfolk Police, anticipated a lot of people would be in the town centre yesterday.

In addition to managing crowds, they supported the team’s arrival to Portman Road, helped out during the game itself and devoted resources to the night-time economy.

They worked closely with Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service.

The force was not anticipating too many issues, she said.

Det Supt Scott said: “As always, Ipswich fans were brilliant, it’s unusual that we’d have anything else.

“There were also no issues with away fans, who were very supportive.

“Events like this are fantastic from a policing perspective with the opportunities for community engagement

“Most of all, we’re really pleased and proud of ITFC and congratulate them on their success.”