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Vandals shatter windows and hurl red paint over Barclays Bank in Bolton – days after pro-Palestine activists targeted the same firm’s branches in Manchester and Brighton

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A Barclays branch in Bolton has had its windows smashed and red paint thrown over and inside the building with police on the scene.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after cordoning off the bank this morning, but have made no arrests yet.

It comes within weeks of both Manchester and Brighton having branches vandalised by pro-Palestine activists

Pictures showed how the Bolton shop front was left with shattered windows after the incident in the early hours today.

They also showed how vandals had carpeted the outside walls and interior of the branch with paint – which was smeared across TV screens and marketing material.

A Barclays branch in Bolton has had its windows smashed and red paint thrown over and inside the building

A Barclays branch in Bolton has had its windows smashed and red paint thrown over and inside the building

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after cordoning off the bank this morning, saying: no arrests have been made but enquiries are ongoing

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after cordoning off the bank this morning, saying: no arrests have been made but enquiries are ongoing

No group has so far taken responsibility for the vandalism, but it follows two similar incidents over the weekend in Manchester city centre, claimed by protest group Palestine Action, where four people were arrested

No group has so far taken responsibility for the vandalism, but it follows two similar incidents over the weekend in Manchester city centre, claimed by protest group Palestine Action, where four people were arrested

No group has so far taken responsibility for the vandalism, but it follows two similar incidents over the weekend in Manchester city centre, claimed by protest group Palestine Action, where four people were arrested.

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said: ‘At 2.54am this morning, we were called following reports of criminal damage and red graffiti over a building on Market Street in Bolton.

‘No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.’

Members of Palestine Action have been targeting Barclays branches across the country over its alleged links to the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems.

But Barclays has denied that it is financing and investing in businesses that supply weapons to the Israeli army to fight the war in Gaza.

Instead, the bank said it trades in shares of a wide range of listed companies in response to its clients’ instructions – and is not itself a direct investor.

A statement on Barclays website states: ‘We have been asked why we invest in nine defence companies supplying Israel, but this mistakes what we do.

Members of Palestine Action have been targeting Barclays branches across the country over its alleged links to the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems, but Barclays has denied that it is financing and investing in businesses that supply weapons to the Israeli army

Members of Palestine Action have been targeting Barclays branches across the country over its alleged links to the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems, but Barclays has denied that it is financing and investing in businesses that supply weapons to the Israeli army

The bank said it trades in shares of a wide range of listed companies in response to its clients' instructions - and is not itself a direct investor in Elbit Systems

The bank said it trades in shares of a wide range of listed companies in response to its clients’ instructions – and is not itself a direct investor in Elbit Systems

Pictured: police on the scene of Bolton's Barclays branch which was vandalised overnight

Pictured: police on the scene of Bolton’s Barclays branch which was vandalised overnight

Pictures showed how the extensive shop front was left with shattered windows after the incident in the early hours

Pictures showed how the extensive shop front was left with shattered windows after the incident in the early hours

‘We trade in shares of listed companies in response to client instruction or demand and that may result in us holding shares.

‘We are not making investments for Barclays and Barclays is not a ‘shareholder’ or ‘investor’ in that sense in relation to these companies.

‘For the reasons mentioned, it is not true that we have made a decision to invest in Elbit.

‘We may hold shares in relation to client driven transactions, which is why we appear on the share register, but we are not investors.’



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