Barclays hit by computer glitch

THOUSANDS of Barclays customers were unable to access their bank accounts or withdraw money from cash machines this weekend after a system crash caused chaos nationwide.

The problems, which began at around 1.30pm on Saturday, hit telephone and online banking services and caused frustration at retail outlets as embarrassed shoppers were forced to abandon purchases at the till. The problems were rectified yesterday.

Barclays’ telephone banking centres were inundated with calls from customers, many of whom were angry at the lack of information.