A Newry-based vehicle recovery firm has pulled out of a contract with the PSNI following a death threat from dissident republicans.
Craven Recover NI Ltd cancelled its contract to recover vehicles for the PSNI hours after dissidents threatened to kill the directors of 11 recovery firms working for police.
The death threats came as the organisation said it planted an incendiary device at one of the companies named last weekend.
Up to six vehicles and a building were damaged at Creighton’s Garage in the Finaghy area of south Belfast during the attack in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
Newry Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy slammed those responsible for the death threats.
“Vehicle recovery firms provide a crucial service to local communities so this threat is bizarre, it is reprehensible and it should be removed immediately,” said Mr Murphy.
“If these firms are forced out of business, who is going to remove the vehicles used by death drivers to torture communities? Who is going to remove the uninsured, unsafe cars that present a real threat to public safety?
“The people issuing these threats are clearly not interested in public safety or public services.
“They have nothing to offer but threats and intimidation.
“They should lift this threat immediately and they should get off the backs of the community once and for all.”