Police with riot shields were forced to protect a man being arrested as a huge mob reportedly turned up to throw stones and spray graffiti on his house.
The large disturbance in a residential street in Hull, came after a "child protector" group posted a video on its Facebook group on Monday night.
Matters came to a head on Tuesday, as a large crowds of people, including young children, congregated at the scene.
They were filmed shouting abuse and chanting at a man inside one of the houses, the Hull Daily Mail reports.
Dozens of police, including some armed officers, and two riot vans arrived as the trouble started.