A number of the participants in the Channel 4 series Benefits Street have been charged with drug offences, according to police.

The charges come following a string of raids in James Turner Street, Birmingham, where the controversial series is set.

West Midlands Police confirmed the raids occurred last June at a number of addresses in the street, with a number of arrests being made and class A and B drugs being recovered.

Seven people have now been charged with offences and were bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on February 6.

Six of those charged live in James Turner Street, including Samora Roberts, 32, Tina Thomas, 46, Monique Walker, 28, Charlene Wilson, 29, Marvin Scott, 37 and Ian Wright, 38.

A seventh person, 20-year-old Omari George, lives in a different street in the Handworth district.

Benefits Street – which follows the life of the residents of one of the country’s most benefit-dependent communities – has been strongly criticised since it debuted on Channel 4 in early January.

Many of those involved have accused the producers of deceiving them over the true nature of the show, claiming they had been told it was about the street’s close-knit community rather than the fact that so many of them claim benefits.