Pensioners hold protest at bank
DETERMINED pensioners staged a sit-in protest over what they see as environmentally unfriendly investment by Barclays bank.
The four members of Grandparents for a Safe Earth refused to leave the Blackboy Hill branch for almost five hours yesterday.
They say they are "deeply concerned" about the effects of climate change on the world their children and grandchildren will inherit, citing a report from the International Energy Agency, which predicts that if the worldwide development of coal extraction and coal-fired power stations continues, average temperatures will rise by more than 2C.
The group says Barclays is the fifth biggest backer of coal-fired power plants globally.
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Dr Ina Humphreys, 76, Kate Cannell, 66, Phil Kingston, 77, and Felicity Radford, 65, brought placards and pictures of their grandchildren to emphasise their point as they handed a letter to the branch manager and leaflets to customers.
Ina, of Westbury Park, said: "We are here today because Barclays is the biggest investor in the UK, and the fifth biggest in the world, of coal-fired infrastructure. We would like them to disinvest in coal and invest more in renewable energy."
A Barclays spokesman said: "Barclays has strong environmental policies which apply both to our own environmental footprint and to our lending to corporate clients."
Police asked the group to leave the bank but they stayed until 4.30pm, at which point officers said they faced being forcibly removed.
The protesters said they left "arm in arm" with police.
No arrests were made.