Palestine Action: Yorkshire Barclays branch among 15 vandalised by Palestine Action group

More than 15 branches of Barclays bank across England and Scotland, including one in Sheffield, have been vandalised by a campaign group called Palestine Action.

The sites had windows smashed and paint thrown as part of a protest calling on the bank to divest from arms companies that sell to Israel, as well as firms linked to fossil fuels.

Palestine Action said several branches in London were targeted, along with Barclays banks in Glasgow, Exeter, Sheffield, Brighton, Northampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Solihull and Preston, Bury and Stockport, as well as an office in Edinburgh.

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Activists smashed windows, sprayed red paint and stencilled on the outside of the buildings.

All the windows of the Barclays Bank branch in the centre of Bristol have been smashed and graffiti sprayed over them in a co-ordinated attack by a group targeting the bank. Palestine Action said its activists smashed the windows of the bank in Broadmead, along with Barclays branches right across the country, including in SheffieldAll the windows of the Barclays Bank branch in the centre of Bristol have been smashed and graffiti sprayed over them in a co-ordinated attack by a group targeting the bank. Palestine Action said its activists smashed the windows of the bank in Broadmead, along with Barclays branches right across the country, including in Sheffield
All the windows of the Barclays Bank branch in the centre of Bristol have been smashed and graffiti sprayed over them in a co-ordinated attack by a group targeting the bank. Palestine Action said its activists smashed the windows of the bank in Broadmead, along with Barclays branches right across the country, including in Sheffield

The vandalism was a joint action with a newly-formed climate change group called Shut The System.

They accused Barclays of having financial interests in selling weapons to Israel and in funding fossil fuel companies.

A spokesperson for Barclays said: “We provide vital financial services to US, UK and European public companies that supply defence products to Nato and its allies.

“Barclays does not directly invest in these companies.

“While we support the right to protest, we ask that campaigners do so in a way which respects our customers, colleagues and property.”