We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest condolences to the families impacted by the earthquake in Turkey and Greece.

We offer our sincere best wishes and comfort to those affected by this terrible tragedy.

At the same time, we apologise unreservedly for the comments made by one of our employees on their personal social media account, regarding this deadly event.

We find such views unacceptable and abhorrent and not reflective of our company beliefs.  The employee in question therefore has been dismissed on grounds of gross misconduct with immediate effect.

Sword Group reaffirms its commitment to equality, decency and respect at all times.