Four arrested over criminal damage to Colmore Row building
55 Colmore Row was the subject of criminal damage this morning, with protestors smashing windows and spray painting the building red.
West Midlands Police were called to the building at 7am and arrested three men, aged 28, 29 and 31, and a 20-year-old woman on suspicion of causing criminal damage. They remain in police custody for questioning.
The Palestine Action group claimed responsibility on Twitter/X, saying the group was targeting landlord LondonMetric as it is also the landlord of Elbit’s Leicester base – an Israeli international military technology company and defence contractor.
On Twitter/X, the Palestine Action group posted: “Palestine Action spray, smash and shut down the landlords of Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory!
“LondonMetric have Palestinian blood on their hands.”
“Police cordon off the war crime scene, but we’ve already done their job for them — we shut down the landlords of Elbit’s criminal weapons factory”.
Tenants at 55 Colmore Row include WeWork, Savills, RICS and Pinsent Masons.
A spokesperson for LondonMetric said: “We are aware of a small number of individuals who have caused damage to outside of the office building on Colmore Row.
“We take the safety and security of our employees and visitors very seriously and have therefore made the decision to close the office until further notice. As the matter is now being handled by the West Midland Police we are unable to comment further at this stage.”