Blackpool Police have today released a statement via their Facebook page: ‘This morning, we were approached by ITV who were filming ‘In for a Penny’ with Stephen Mulhern at Shell on Talbot Rd. They invited us to take part in the petrol pump challenge. You’ll have to wait to see how we did! Any winnings will be donated to Brian House Children’s Hospice.’

With public concern about the potential safety risks, Blackpool Police added: ‘Just to address any concerns regarding social distancing. This was filmed entirely outside and stood together only very briefly for the purposes of this photo. National Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 adhered to at all times.’