The PSNI confirmed they have spoken with a 54-year-old man involved in a viral video which appeared to show the driver of a hearse filming himself and a coffin in the car, before stating he was going to “start a war”.
The incident has been widely shared across social media, with police explaining a file has been forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service and the Newry funeral director involved condemning the video, confirming the man has also been removed from his job.
Heaney Keenan Funeral Directors Newry & Banbridge said they were “appalled and devastated” by the incident and confirmed the employee was “no longer employed by us”.
In the clip, the driver can be seen filming himself along with another passenger and the coffin in the back of the vehicle.
During the video, the driver then goes on to say: “Me and him is going to start a war and we’re going to put them all in yokes like that in the back.”
The camera can then be seen turning to the coffin.
In a statement on social media, director Patricia Heaney said the video is “absolutely no reflection of the values or professional ethics” of the family business.