March 25, 2009
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Vandals attacked the home of the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, smashing windows early Wednesday at the house of the ex-CEO who resigned in disgrace but with an annual pension of about 700,000 pounds ($1.2 million).
[efoods]Three windows were smashed at Fred Goodwin’s sandstone Victorian house in one of Edinburgh’s upscale suburbs. The rear window of a black Mercedes S600 car parked in the driveway was also broken.
Goodwin was already the focus of much public anger about bank failures and wider economic problems in Britain. The British government has committed to investing 33 billion pounds to prop up the bank, while taking a majority stake in the company.
An e-mail send Wednesday to The Edinburgh Evening News claimed that the attack was carried out by “Bank Bosses are Criminals,” a previously unknown group. The claim could not be independently verified.
Police officers stood guard outside the house while workmen cleared shards of glass from the yard.
Neighbors said Goodwin, who also owns a house in Glasgow, has not been seen at the Edinburgh residence since he testified before members of Parliament in February about the bank’s near-collapse.
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