Thousands of viewers have complained to the BBC after the popular children’s TV character Mr Tumble was spotted on screen wearing a ‘Pro EU’ waistcoat.

Shortly after the episode of Something Special was transmitted on CBeebies on Monday morning, sources have told us that the BBC’s main switchboard was ‘jammed’ with phone calls from irate viewers.

Ethan Fuch-Weet was one viewer who got in touch with the Beeb, and he told our Chief Reporter that he was ‘sick and tired’ with the corporation’s ‘left-wing Remaniac sniping.’

He added: ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes when I sat down with my son Joshua this morning and that clown walked onto the screen with that waistcoat on.’

‘My kid is two years old, and by exposing him to the EU flag in such a subtle form they are effectively trying to brainwash toddlers – it’s disgusting.’

‘I am one of the 17.4 million people who voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and while our politicians are trying to complete the Brexit deal we have subliminal garbage like this to deal with.’

‘He kept saying ‘we’re all friends’ as well to try and ram the message home, but the fact remains that we will all continue to remain friends, just without silly flags and anthems.’

‘The last straw was when the clown was sitting down to a roast dinner and he turned towards the screen and said ‘You sign. Brussels’ while making the Makaton movement for the vegetable.’

‘The BBC must think we’re all thick as mince.’

It’s been a difficult few days for the broadcaster after they were also forced to pull an archive episode of Bertha when the factory manager Mr Willmake ran onto the factory floor and kicked TOM in the head before screaming about increased manufacturing costs and proclaiming ‘bugger this, we’re going to relocate to the Netherlands.’