17 September 2019
North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey has condemned those who threatened a scaffolding company working in Ardoyne this morning, as a result of which they had to pack up and leave their work.
Chair of the Infrastructure Committee
A Facebook post by Carrickfergus company DB Scaffolding stated, “Nice wee job started in Ardoyne this morning, told to pack up and get out by 10am for our own safety with a new scaffold company arriving lunchtime lol, I thought these days were over, apparently not”
William Humphrey commented,
“It is utterly appalling that anyone should be intimidated while carrying out their work. Those responsible for making these sectarian threats will be condemned by all right-thinking people. It is important that that condemnation is clear and unequivocal from across the political spectrum.
“My office has been in touch with the company owner. He was contracted to put scaffolding up today which was to be taken down on Friday. Shortly after three of his workers commenced on site this morning he received a phone call to say that local men had said that these workers were not welcome in Ardoyne and they had to pack up and get out immediately.
“Whilst he says that no organisation name was mentioned and no death threats were made, it was clearly an act of intimidation threatening the safety of his men and he was in no doubt that it was sectarian. He has worked in scaffolding in Northern Ireland for 20 years and this is the first time that he has had men intimidated off a job.
“I have forwarded his Facebook post to the PSNI who have confirmed that they are investigating this incident. Anyone with information which could assist this investigation is asked to contact Inspector Graham through the PSNI switchboard on 02890 650222.”