The Big Brother housemates were evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning over a bomb scare.

Channel 4 bosses woke the housemates up at 2.40am and hastily moved them out of the house. The live feed was suspended for two hours.

A spokesman for the show confirmed: “There was a bomb scare and we removed the housemates as a safety precaution. But it turned out to be a hoax call.”

Once back inside, the housemates were tasked with trying to punch their way out of a paper bag.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Shiner‘s mother has defended her daughter, who is favourite to be evicted from the house on Friday even before nominations.

Sandra Shiner told The Mirror: “Rebecca is fiery but she isn’t vicious or bitchy. She is there to have fun.”

Rebecca has been annoying housemates with her tantrums and topless antics. But Sandra said: “She just isn’t being herself.”

Sandra added that she thought Rebecca was the one being bullied. “Rex keeps on going on about her weight. He is bullying her but no one has picked up on it. She is happy with her size 12 bottom and busty top.”