Kate Garraway halts Good Morning Britain to make abrupt 'breaking news' announcement

GMB's Kate Garraway
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Good Morning Britain was ground to a halt on Thursday, when Kate Middleton stopped her news report make a breaking news announcement.

Thursday's presenters Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid were mid way through discussing the recent news that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had announced a General Election on July 4 when Kate stopped by with urgent news. The presenter stopped her news report to provide the latest update on the Post Office scandal inquiry.

Earlier this week, Post Office boss Paula Vennells broke down in tears as to she apologised for telling MPs that the Post Office was successful in every court case against subpostmasters. In what has been described as the "most widespread" injustice in British legal history, over 700 people were wrongly prosecuted for stealing from their branches between 1999 and 2015 when faulty software incorrectly claimed that money was missing from their accounts.

Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid
Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley were discussing the upcoming General Election when Kate had breaking news -Credit:ITV

In 2019, Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance won a High Court case, which found that there were "bugs, errors and defects in the Horizon system" which caused "discrepancies in the postmasters' branch accounts". The scandal was recently dramatized by ITV's Mr Bates vs The Post Office.

After stopping GMB for the breaking news, Kate said: "We begin with breaking news of a different story. In the last few moments, the former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells has arrived at the public inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal to give evidence for a second day.

"She repeatedly broke down in tears yesterday as she claimed she'd been misled about the safety of the prosecutions of sub-postmasters." The show's correspondent Richard Gaisford had been positioned outside of Aldwych House in London, where the inquiry is taking place.

Ex Post Office chief executive Paul Vennells has been speaking at this week's inquiry into the scandal
Ex Post Office chief executive Paul Vennells has been speaking at this week's inquiry into the scandal -Credit:Sky News

Speaking about the scandal at the inquiry, Paula Vennells became emotional, saying: "I have been disappointed, particularly more recently, listening to evidence of the inquiry, where I think I have learned that people knew more than perhaps either they remembered at the time or I knew at the time.

"I have no sense that there was any conspiracy at all. My deep sorrow in this is that I think that individuals, myself included, made mistakes, they didn’t see things and hear things."

After the ITV series aired and over one million people signed a petition calling for the former Post Office boss Paula Vennells to be stripped of her CBE, Paula returned the CBE and apologised for the pain and devastation the Horizon scandal caused.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1 and ITVX.