Climate activists shatter windows at London HSBC

The female activists from the Extinction Rebellion group used hammers to break the windows and pasted posters onto them before sitting down to wait for the police to arrest them.

A spokesman for HSBC said the bank welcomed meaningful dialogue on its climate strategy but that it could not "condone vandalism or actions that put people and property at risk".

Extinction Rebellion wants to prompt a wider revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.