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Policing plan in place for Blues - Villa derby

These plans are based on learning from previous derby matches and from working with the club and fans groups to come up with a plan which helps reduce problems and get people home after a great day out.

Superintendent Nick Rowe.

West Midlands Police will have a comprehensive operation in place for the derby between Blues and Aston Villa on Sunday.

The force has worked alongside both clubs and supporters groups in preparing its policing plans for the game at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

Along with the visible police presence in and around the ground there is a need to put some road closures and restrictions in place on the day, so away supporters can leave via Emmeline Street.

This means there will no parking or traffic flow allowed on St. Andrew's Road, Kingston Road and Keeley Street around the time of match. Fans who usually park in these roads are advised to find alternative locations.

There will also be restrictions and anticipated short term traffic delays along Emmeline Street, Kingston Road and Lawley Middleway to assist with the departure of supporters after the game.

Motorists are warned to unfortunately expect delays during the afternoon and may have to find alternative routes; while supporters may also face slightly longer journeys in the areas that are highlighted.

Information on the restrictions will be shared with residents and supporters groups ahead of the day.

Match commander, Superintendent Nick Rowe, said: “The derby game between Blues and Villa is always a special occasion in the football calendar, with two sets of passionate supporters.”

"We know the vast majority of supporters attend to enjoy an exciting local derby.

"We have experienced some issues with disorder in recent previous matches and have worked closely with the clubs and fans groups to try and reduce this risk for this fixture.

"That does mean the need to put some temporary road closures in place. This is not a decision which has been taken lightly as we fully understand the inconvenience and disruption this may cause.

“These plans are based on learning from previous derby matches and from working with the club and fans groups to come up with a plan which helps reduce problems and get people home after a great day out.”

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