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Barclays bank in Altrincham vandalised by protestors

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.

Barclays's Altrincham branch cordoned off this morning Pic: Amanda J Window

Barclays bank in Altrincham town centre has suffered significant damage after apparently being targeted by pro-Palestine protesters.

The George Street branch was daubed in red paint and had a door smashed in the incident, which happened in the early hours of this morning.

The whole of George Street was for a time taped off but residents are now able to walk through.

The bank remains cordoned off, however.

Palestine Action has since claimed responsibility for the vandalism, saying it targets Barclays because it's an investor in Israel's biggest weapons firm, Elbit Systems. 

A Palestine Action spokesperson said: "Our actions cause economic disruption to those who make a killing out of genocide. By doing so, we make deadly dealings a less attractive investment for banks who only value profit. All investors must understand investing in Elbit comes with the additional risk of Palestine Action."

No organisation has taken responsibility for this morning's actions but responsibility for a very similar recent attack on Barclays on Market Street in Manchester was claimed by campaign group Palestine Action.

Barclays on George Street this morning Pic: Julia Millington-Samuels
Police at the scene of this morning's incident Pic: Heather Morris