Extinction Rebellion women ’caused £100,000 of damage when they smashed Barclays HQ windows’

Extinction Rebellion women ’caused £100,000 of damage when they smashed Barclays HQ windows in Canary Wharf demo’

  • Seven women are accused of causing criminal damage in April last year
  • Actions were ‘associated with climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion’
  • Jurors watched windows being smashed as CCTV of incident shown in court  
  • They all deny criminal damage relating to demo at Barclays bank HQ, London 

Extinction Rebellion climate protesters caused almost £100,000-worth of damage after smashing glass windows during a demonstration at the headquarters of Barclays bank, a court has heard.

Carol Wood, 53, Nicola Stickells, 52, Sophie Cowen, 31, Lucy Porter, 48, Gabriella Ditton, 28, Rosemary Webster, 64, and Zoe Cohen, 52, are all accused of causing criminal damage during the protest in April last year.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court heard on Friday that the women’s actions were associated with climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion (XR).

The seven women are said to have travelled to Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London, at around 7am on April 7, 2021.

Police officers detaining an activist from Extinction Rebellion outside the Barclays office in Canary Wharf, London, on April 7, 2021

 Police officers detaining an activist from Extinction Rebellion outside the Barclays office in Canary Wharf, London, on April 7, 2021

Activists standing in line outside the Barclays offices in April last year, many wearing face masks

Activists standing in line outside the Barclays offices in April last year, many wearing face masks

A sign on the window says 'in case of climate emergency break glass' - a woman appears to be holding a hammer

A sign on the window says ‘in case of climate emergency break glass’ – a woman appears to be holding a hammer

Smashed glass is seen following a protest at the Barclays headquarters

 Smashed glass is seen following a protest at the Barclays headquarters

Women sit on the floor outside the Barclays offices, with hammers also lined up on the ground in front of them

Women sit on the floor outside the Barclays offices, with hammers also lined up on the ground in front of them

They spread out along the front of the building before using chisels and hammers to break the large glass panels that made up the exterior of the bank, the court heard.

Jurors were told the group also stuck leaflets on the windows that said ‘In case of climate emergency, break glass’.

The women then sat in a line on the street as members of the press videoed and photographed them, jurors heard.

Police attended the scene and arrested them on suspicion of criminal damage.

CCTV of the incident was played in court.

Jurors watched footage of windows being smashed at the bank by protesters, with signs on their backs that read ‘Better broken windows than broken promises’.

The footage also showed the word ‘LOVE’ penned in marker on one of the hammers.

One woman appears to be holding a hammer and chisel against the window of the bank

 One woman appears to be holding a hammer and chisel against the window of the bank

A police officer detaining an activist with a sign on her back saying 'better broken windows...'

 A police officer detaining an activist with a sign on her back saying ‘better broken windows…’

Police officers detained activists following a movement outside Barclays

 Police officers detained activists following a movement outside Barclays 

Prosecutor Diana Wilson said: ‘It is clear they went to the building with the common purpose of committing criminal damage.’

Barclays security guard Gary Roper told the court in a witness statement that he radioed the control room after first spotting the group, as he thought their behaviour was ‘suspicious’.

He said that one female told him after the incident: ‘It’s not against you, Gary. It’s against the bank. Sorry.’

All the defendants, apart from Wood and Stickells, are representing themselves in the case. 

Wood, of Swansea, Stickells, of Harleston, Cowen, of Shaftesbury, Porter, of Euston, central London, Ditton, of Norwich, Webster, of Dorchester, and Cohen, of Lymm, all deny criminal damage.

The trial continues.

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