Six people allegedly connected to a pro-Palestine activist group have been arrested in connection with a plot to disrupt the London Stock Exchange.
The group intended to cause damage by “locking on” in an effort to prevent the building opening for trading, according to information passed on by the Daily Express newspaper.
A 31-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in Liverpool on suspicion of conspiracy to cause criminal damage.
A further five people, all believed to be part of the same plot, were arrested later on Sunday for the same offence, Scotland Yard said.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested in Albert Road, Brent, and a 23-year-old man was arrested in Voss Street, Tower Hamlets.
Two women, aged 28 and 26, were arrested in Liverpool. A 27-year-old man was arrested in Brighton. The force added that there was a “suggestion that this was one part of a planned week of action”.
It comes as thousands of protesters took to the streets of London on Saturday to march against the ongoing attacks in Gaza, as part of a global day of action against Israel’s invasion.
Large demonstrations also took place in Dublin and Edinburgh, with a 70-year-old woman arrested and charged after a car ploughed into a small number of protesters.
More than 1,700 police officers were on duty for the march that went through central London to Westminster, with nine people arrested in the capital.
Of these, three people were arrested on suspicion of showing support for a proscribed organisation, while three were arrested for inciting racial hatred, which related to “offensive placard” and chanting.
A further two arrests were made for racially aggravated public order offences while a ninth arrest was made for possession of stickers to be used for criminal damage.
Protesters had been warned that they faced police action if they “intentionally push the limit” on slogans and placards, with a number of arrests made in previous protests.