Police are investigating after a TV crew filming the controversial Immigration Street series in Southampton were pelted with eggs and flour.

Members of the Love Productions team were filming outside a shop in Derby Road when they were targeted by a gang of youths.

Members of Newtown Residents' Association said the crew ran off.

Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident, which occurred on Tuesday at just after 5.30pm.

A police spokesman said: “We received a report of a public order incident involving a television production crew.

“The incident is currently under investigation. No further details are available at this time.”

The six-part Immigration Street series is due to be screened next year.

A Channel 4 spokesman said no-one was hurt in the incident.

She added: “We intend to continue to film with residents who are very happy to share their experience of living in Derby Road.

“We would urge anyone who has concerns about their participation to discuss them with the production team.”

Love Productions declined to comment on the egg-throwing incident.

Feelings have been running high since plans to film Immigration Street - a sequel to the highly controversial Benefits Street series filmed in Birmingham - were revealed earlier this year.

Last month scores of residents attended a public meeting to vent their anger at Love Productions.

Their concerns centred on fears that the programme name is racist and does not accurately describe the people who live in Derby Road.

Campaigners urging the firm to drop the programme and “go home” and were backed by local councillors and MPs.