This is not welcome news for a company that has just landed a lucrative contract with Dublinbus. Darren Leslie Richardson, a factory manager at Wrightbus in Ballymena has been arrested and “charged with the possession of documents likely to be of use to terrorists and possession of a quantity of 9mm ammunition at the Wrightbus plant at Galgorm outside Ballymena, Co Antrim between a date unknown and the 11 April”.
Update: See statement from the company below:
Wrightbus Limited confirms that one of its employees has today faced serious charges in Larne Magistrates Court.
Having received information from an anonymous source, Wrightbus immediately requested police involvement and has given every assistance to the police throughout this investigation.
Wrightbus has an active policy of promoting a neutral working environment for all its employees and the company’s senior management continues in its determination to ensure that this policy is put into practice.
As the matter is now subject to legal proceedings, Wrightbus will be issuing no further statements nor making further comment at this time.
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