The co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Gail Bradbrook, has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to Barclays bank in Stroud.

A video shared by the group shows a woman - said to be Bradbrook - taking a hammer and chisel to the reinforced window of the King Street branch at around 6am this morning.

The action is part of XR's Money Rebellion where they are seeking to 'expose the role of banks in the climate and ecological crisis'.

Bradbrook said: "Our leaders are not pushing for rapid action, they are ignoring the science– targets are inadequate and aren’t being met.

Barclays bank in Stroud

Barclays in Stroud

"We are on a path towards the collapse of our civilisation –with billions dying in our children’s lifetimes, according to some scientists. Those who are failing to lead adequate action on the climate and ecological crisis are committing Crimes Against Humanity.

“Let it be the windows of the banks that are broken not the life support systems of the earth and our children’s future. Let it be the windows of this failed system that are broken not our family across the world."

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police said: "We were called to reports of damage being caused to a property in King Street, Stroud, shortly after 6am today.

"A woman from Stroud was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is currently in police custody."