Bishop David, Acting Diocesan bishop said: “We are shocked and saddened at the terrible news that the British Steel plant in Scunthorpe has gone into liquidation.

“The workers and their families, as well as those in the wider supply chain, must be absolutely devastated by this decision and we fully share their concerns and worries about what this will mean for the communities of Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected during this very difficult and uncertain time. We will pray that a solution is found that will save jobs and give much needed reassurance to the thousands of lives that will be tragically affected if it closes.”