THE BBC has defended its coverage of VE Day street parties during lockdown after members of the public expressed concern over whether social distancing rules were being adhered to at the events.

A BBC News at Six package showing people outside on the street celebrating the 75th anniversary of the historic date was the focus of much scrutiny online.

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Channel 4’s Ciaran Jenkins posted screenshots of the images asking if the guidance had changed to allow for these street parties, before clarifying it had not.

Under current lockdown restrictions, designed to control the spread of coronavirus, members of the public should only go outside for food, health reasons or work if they are unable to work from home. If they go outside, they must stay two metres away from others at all times.

A BBC spokesperson said “perspectives on camera can sometimes be deceiving”, adding the journalist discussing the parties last night “made clear in the report that people were social distancing”.

They said the reporter also made clear that those standing close together were from the same households.

When asked how the street parties fit with the stay-at-home guidance, they added: “It is not for BBC News to instruct people how they should behave and our presence at this event was only to report on what was already taking place.”

Sky News is also under fire for broadcasting people on a street in Wimbledon singing Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again and standing close together.

And a clip of people taking part in a “socially distanced conga” line near Warrington has sparked anger online.