British police have made six arrests as part of an alleged plot by the Palestine Action group to disrupt the operations of the London Stock Exchange. The arrests were made following a two-month investigation conducted by media outlet Daily Express, which published an exclusive story about the plot.
The plotters had planned to chain themselves to the entrances of the stock exchange on Monday, aiming to prevent its opening for a full working day. Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas described the arrests as significant and highlighted that the group was prepared to carry out a disruptive and damaging stunt.
To ensure the safety of the public and continuity of operations, the City of London Police and other forces across the UK are coordinating efforts and deploying appropriate resources. Authorities are determined to deal with any potential disruption that may occur in the coming days.
It is important to note, however, that no trading actually takes place at the London Stock Exchange itself, as all equity trading is conducted electronically.
The identities of those arrested have been revealed, with a 31-year-old man and two women aged 28 and 26 detained in Liverpool. In London, a 29-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested, while a 27-year-old man was taken into custody in Brighton.
All six individuals remain in custody as the investigation continues. The police are undoubtedly working to gather further evidence and ascertain the extent of the alleged plot.
Insider Wales Sport will continue to closely follow this story as more information becomes available.