Members of early noughties girl group Atomic Kitten were forced to leave the stage at student event Quack on Wednesday night after bottles were allegedly thrown at them by students.

Photo: QUACK/Lincoln SU

Kerry Katona and Natasha Hamilton – two thirds of the pop group – were on stage for just 15 minutes before being forced to leave due to safety fears.

Both Kerry (36) and Natasha (34) took to social media straight after they left the stage expressing their frustration.

Kerry Katona tweeted: “Well that was fun!! What a shame when some young boy going through puberty thinks it’s manly to throw bottles at girls!!”

While Natasha Hamilton said: “Gutted that tonight’s gig ended early, 2 all of u who came to see a good show, thank u 4 yr support but when it’s not safe we have 2 leave x”.

The incident has attracted a lot of attention in the national press with reports suggesting they were “pelted with food and drink”.

However Kerry – who performed in Lincoln during the pantomime season – has defended the majority of the crowd, saying: “Hate the way press twist and turn things!!! The crowd was amazing last night, just one pissed up fool in the crowd x”.

The University of Lincoln Students’ Union are sending flowers and an apology to the duo and have now launched an investigation into the incident “as a matter of urgency”.

James Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Engine Shed is appalled by the behaviour that took place at last night’s Atomic Kitten performance and apologises unreservedly.

‘The students involved were immediately removed from the Engine Shed. The situation was dealt with swiftly and professionally by the Engine Shed staff with no further issues on the night.”