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Benefits Street film crew threatened with acid.

THE team behind Benefits Street had to stop filming after being threatened with acid during the production of a new documentary.

A crew had to cut short work in Southampton after being targeted by a criminal gang, according to Love Productions.

The company, who sparked controversy with its focus on Birmingham's James Turner Street, had been shooting Immigration Street. Kieran Smith, factual creative director of Love Productions, said the decision was nothing to do with a local campaign against the series, which included a protest outside Channel 4's headquarters in London.

Immigration Street was meant to focus on "multicultural life" in Southampton in and around Derby Road.

Smith said the crew had faced "physical intimidation from a criminal gang that didn't want us there to film their activities."

He told the Radio Times: "They threw rocks and eggs at the crew.

"People were threatened with having acid thrown over them, and having their fingers chopped off."

Channel 4 has now ditched plans for a six-part series and will show a one-hour special on Tuesday instead.


The Benefits Street film crew were threatened

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Date:Feb 19, 2015
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