CCTV footage released after protestors smash up Barclays Bank in Bristol


Police have released new CCTV footage of four people they are looking to speak to as they continue to investigate a co-ordinated attack on Barclays Bank in Broadmead last month. The branch was daubed in red paint and all the windows were smashed.

The incident took place shortly after 3am on Monday, June 10. The footage was captured on a nearby CCTV camera at 3.06am, showing a woman running away from the bank, carrying a blue shopping bag. She is followed closely by three men on bicycles, all wearing black and with face coverings.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed on the day of the incident that they were searching for three people wearing balaclavas who they believed were connected to the damage done to the Barclays branch in Bristol city centre, based on the CCTV footage.

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But now, almost a month on, in a renewed appeal, police have released the footage to the public, stating: "Detectives investigating damage to a bank building in Bristol city centre last month have today released CCTV footage of four people they want to speak to.

"At approximately 3am on Monday 10 June a group of people smashed the windows of the Barclays branch in Broadmead and threw red paint over the walls of the building. The four people police want to identify are described as three men of slim build, wearing all black, with face coverings, and a white woman, of slim build, wearing all black and carrying a blue shopping bag. If you know who they are or have any other information which could help the investigation, please contact us."

Those who are able to help are being encouraged to call 101, quoting the reference number 5224148983, or fill out an online appeals form.

Barclays Bank branches up and down the country were smashed up in a co-ordinated attack by activist group, Palestine Action
Barclays Bank in Bristol was smashed up by protestors -Credit:Paul Gillis

The attack on the Bristol Barclays branch was just one of many carried out on a total of 21 Barclays bank branches up and down the country, from Brighton to Glasgow, by activist group, Palestine Action.

The group, which has been active in Bristol targeting the city’s arms industry’s links to Israel, said they took the action to demand that the bank "divests from Israel’s weapons trade and fossil fuels".

Palestine Action claimed responsibility for the attack just hours after it took place, with a spokesperson saying: “Barclays is funding the crises of climate collapse and genocide in Palestine.

“Decades of polite campaigning, petitions, letter writing and lobbying MPs have failed. We will continue to escalate until Barclays pulls its finger out and stops funding genocide and climate destruction.

Among the smashed windows, activists sprayed the names of Palestinians killed in the Israeli military action in Gaza on the walls of the Barclays branch.

The group also claimed it was working with another direct action campaign group called 'Shut The System' - Palestine Action were attacking Barclays because of its links with the arms industry and the Israeli Government, while Shut The System are an environmental group targeting Barclays because of its investment in fossil fuels.

A spokesperson for Barclays responded to the incident by saying: “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.

"The defence sector is fundamental to our national security and the UK government has been clear that supporting defence companies is compatible with ESG considerations. Decisions on the implementation of arms embargos to other nations are the job of respective elected governments.

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