Coronation Street’s child grooming storyline has divided opinion among soap fans.
The ITV series has been screening scenes in which teenager Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) has been targeted by Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper), a much older man.
In Thursday night’s episode, the plot thickened when Nathan was arrested over suspicions about another girl’s disappearance, but was later released and asked Bethany to provide an alibi for him.
Some viewers were shocked by the turn the soap had taken.
Not watched Corrie since may so thought I'd catch up.. been on 10 mins n I've seen drug smuggling and grooming ?? When did it get so dark😭— Ab (@abmesttx) February 16, 2017
Plenty of people found it distressing to watch.
god the grooming storyline on corrie is so upsetting— ahsoka's wife (@drh0rrible) February 16, 2017
I really don't like Nathan at all he's stressing me out I can't bear to watch him with Bethany knowing what his sick intentions are #Corrie— Tinaandlucyfan♡ (@Ilovelucyfallon) February 16, 2017
Some Corrie fans believed that the soap had gone too far with the gritty storyline.
But others praised the producers for covering an important issue.
#Corrie the fact that they might be pulling out of the child grooming thing early is a little bit cowardish in my opinion— Ethan SD (Two Faced Tart Productions) (@davis_selby) February 16, 2017
Now fans are waiting nervously to find out whether Bethany will agree to providing an alibi.