An overnight sit-in protest at a doomed Visteon factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, spread on Wednesday as workers attempted to occupy two factories in England.

Sources told the Daily Mail "scores of workers" were staging protests at factories in Basildon, Essex, and Enfield, north London.

Visteon on Tuesday said Visteon UK, consisting of three manufacturing plants, had filed for administration with the UK High Court under the Insolvency Act 1986.

The administration order placed the subsidiary under the control of court-appointed administrators from KPMG. It included plants in Basildon, Belfast and Enfield employing about 600 people to make automotive interiors, climate and powertrain components.

There was no effect on other Visteon operations including the engineering services subsidiary which employs about 400 people at the UK customer and technology centres.

Staff at the three doomed plants are demanding action to save more than 560 jobs. Around 200 staff face the axe at a plant in west Belfast and 100 of the workers stayed at the site throughout last night. They claimed the company's former owner and main customer, Ford, had promised contracts which they now want to see honoured, the Daily Mail said.

But union representatives asked workers to hold off on a threat to picket Ford showrooms until more information was available.

Visteon UK employed 173 staff at Basildon, 227 in Enfield and 210 in Belfast.