Cleveland Police have issued the following warning ahead of the Middlesbrough v Leeds United match on Sunday:
“Middlesbrough will play Leeds United this Sunday with the game shown live on TV.
“Leeds United is the closest team to Middlesbrough in the Championship and so this fixture could be seen as something of a local derby.
“Due to the larger than usual crowd numbers, the force will have additional officers working on the football. We have been working with both clubs to ensure that the day passes safely and is a positive advert for both the town and its football club which is riding high in the league. We would ask that people attending the fixture plan their journeys to arrive in good time and make use of the parking available in the town centre before walking to the stadium. Turnstiles will open at 11.45am.
“If using public transport, people should be aware of the fact that Sunday services will apply and the rail network will be busier than usual with Leeds United supporters using trains to get into Middlesbrough.
“Local residents should be aware that trains will not be running between Middlesbrough, Redcar and Saltburn but additional bus services will be in place.
“Recent fixtures have been very good natured in the main with only a small number of people seeking to spoil the day for the majority. We would ask that all supporters come to enjoy a good game and support their teams in good humour. We want this to be a family event which is safe and enjoyable for all.”