A FORMER director of Wrightbus, Jeff Wright, said on Friday night death threats have been issued against his family following the collapse of their business.
Mr Wright, the son of Wrightbus founder Sir William Wright, called on elected representatives and those with influence in the community to “help end this intimidation and fear”.
In a statement issued on Friday evening Jeff Wright said that the closure of Wrightbus “has been devastating to our loyal and highly skilled workforce”.
He added: “The loss of the company my father and I have grown and nurtured for over seventy years has been shattering for our family.
“Generations of families have worked alongside our own family over all these years and so this is deeply and personally felt by everyone.
“We are here to provide our administrators, Deloittes, with all information, order books, financial records and whatever is needed to establish a future plan for the bus manufacturing operation. Our commitment to supporting all efforts is unwaivering.”
Mr Wright called on threats against his family to stop.
“There have been sinister developments involving threats to the life of Wright family members and I am asking all elected representatives and those with influence in the community to help end this intimidation and fear,” he said.
In response to Mr Wright’s statement TUV leader and North Antrim MLA Jim Allister said that there can be “no place for threats”.
“All need to focus on trying to salvage much needed jobs to ease the pain that is being felt all round,” he said.
UUP leader Robin Swann, who is also an MLA for the area, also condemned the threats.
“Intimidation and fear won’t help those who are trying to restore jobs and encourage others to look at this as a company and area to invest in,” he said.
Wrightbus entered administration this week, making 1,200 staff redundant in an area that has been hit with a number of high profile business closures in recent years which included Michelin and JTI Gallaher.
Deloitte has been appointed as administrators of Wrightbus, which has only retained around 50 staff.