Hot tubs, light up trees, children's toys and garden furniture are just a few of the 'non-essential' items people in Hull are flocking to B&M to buy during the coronavirus lockdown.

Frustrated staff say they are left with no choice but to serve customers with "non-essential" items during lockdown, as the retailer continues to keep its entire store open at several locations across Hull.

In some parts of the country there have been reports of B&M stores - which are considered as an essential retailer during the coronavirus pandemic - taping off aisles which sell "non-essential items", but in Hull, the stores remain fully open across the city.

The staff member said: "We did tape off some aisles a week or so ago, but people were shimmying under the tape to get things so we gave up.

A man bought garden chairs at B&M in Beverley during lockdown

"We have asked head office if we can close some of the aisles or not put stock out, but we've been told they are not doing that.

"We are classed as key workers to serve essentials so it is frustrating when we have to serve extra people because they have just come out for a paddling pool.

"Obviously people are going to be spending a lot more time in their gardens so it's understandable they are wanting to get garden furniture and outdoor paint and get all the jobs done they don't normally get time to do, but that's not a reason for going out during lockdown.

"I don't really know how we have been able to get away with being open and selling these things to customers which are not essential for so long. If we didn't have them on sale, people couldn't come out for them.

"People seem to think it's fine to drive here to get a hot tub and they don't even buy anything else to try and make it look like they are here for essentials too."

Only certain stores have been allowed to remain open during lockdown including, supermarkets and those selling essential items.

These are the considerations shoppers should make before making the decision to head to the shops:

B&M have been contacted for comment.