Additional restrictions were placed on Preston after the rise in Covid-19 infections in the city last week.
The Sky News reporter spoke about the effect it had on the city when his show was interrupted by a man who appeared right behind him, holding up his phone.
As he tried to continue talking, the man repeatedly shouted at his comrades: “I’m on TV, I’m on TV!” ”
Another man joined him, laughing as the reporter watched them.
And while they were clearly impressed with themselves, viewers were not emphatically.
One of them tweeted: “Idiots like this guy embarrassing Lancashire since about 1994 (guess).” Still imagine not understanding social distancing and then swearing on the news from the sky while wearing a ♀️ #Preston #skynews tracksuit. ”
While another commented, “I wonder why the R-rate is high in Preston ,, idiots like these breathe on your face #norespect #Preston #skynews. ”
A third simply wrote in exasperation, “Welcome to #Preston @SkyNews #prestonlockdown. ”
“And people wonder why Preston is on Lockdown. I think they f **** s on Sky News just show you why, ”remarked another.
One blasted, “Lock them down! Can you see me on init TV. Can you see me “… #COVIDIDIOTS in Preston as chavs ruin Sky News on coronavirus a bit.” Lock them down! “