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Sky’s North of England Correspondent ‘taken off air’ after attending Burley bash

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North of England Correspondent Inzamam Rashid is one of four Sky News staff to have been taken off air after breaking covid restrictions by attending Kay Burley’s 60th birthday party, according to a report.

Burley, who has been a presenter for Sky News since its inception 32 years ago, was absent from the channel yesterday after issuing an apology for ‘inadvertently’ breaching Tier Two restrictions during the party in London and is set to be away until early 2021.

Political Editor Beth Rigby, Rashid and presenter Sam Washington have also been taken off air pending an internal inquiry into whether celebrations were ‘Covid compliant’, according to the Daily Mail.

Rashid appeared to have further breached Covid rules by travelling from his home in Manchester, in Tier Three, to attend the restaurant in Tier Two.

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Sky News stalwart Adam Boulton, who has worked with Burnley since 1989, today retweeted a viewer’s message which said: “Look at the state of Sky News. The morons spent all summer preaching to us and now look at them! After illegally going on a bender, they were going to go to a hospital to put lives at risk!”

Burley tweeted to say that she was on a planned holiday: “Lovely people, whatever else you read be safe in the knowledge I was always heading to my beloved Africa on Friday to sit with lions.”

She had attended a birthday dinner with nine friends and colleagues at Soho’s Century Club restaurant. After hosting the dinner, she ‘popped’ in to another restaurant after the 11pm curfew, which she claimed was to “spend a penny.”

Burley said: “I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgement. On Saturday, night I was enjoying my 60th birthday at a Covid-compliant restaurant. I am embarrassed to say later in the evening I inadvertently broke the rules.

“I had been waiting for a taxi at 11pm to get home. Desperate for the loo I briefly popped in to another restaurant to spend a penny.”

A spokesman denied that anyone had been suspended and said: “A small number of Sky News staff may have engaged in activity that breached the guidelines.

“We place the highest importance on complying with the government guidelines on COVID, and we expect all our people to comply. We were disappointed to learn that a small number of Sky News staff may have engaged in activity that breached the guidelines.

“Although this took place at a social event in personal time, we expect all our people to follow the rules that are in place for everyone. An internal process is underway to review the conduct of the people involved.”

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