Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street has confirmed a shocking new issue-based story for Max Turner.
In upcoming scenes, viewers will see Max groomed by an extremist group that will put his life and the lives of his family and friends in danger.
This storyline kicks off on Friday (October 28) when Peter Barlow discovers that the eco-activist band Griff has taken him to see play racist songs.
Toyah confronts Spider about his new friends, not realising that he's been working undercover for the police to infiltrate a group of racists to prevent terror activities.
Griff will spot Max as being vulnerable to their influence, plus identifies the teen as useful to the group in spreading their hateful propaganda on social media.
After Griff invites Max to a Halloween party, he starts pulling the young man closer into the extremist group's sphere of influence and polluting his mind with their hateful message.
Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod and the writing team have been working with Counter Terrorism Policing on this issue-based storyline.
"Overall, Max's story is one about the grooming of a vulnerable teenager at a point where he's feeling most alienated and disenfranchised," MacLeod said. "The story will encompass the 'traditional' recruitment techniques of extremist groups, and we'll see Max befriended in person by older, mentor-like figures that will give him a sense of loyalty and brotherhood.
“Then, later in the story, we will explore a very 21st Century problem: teenagers self-radicalising through watching extreme content online. In the end, we wanted this to be a story about communication within families – what are the right and wrong ways to talk to younger family members who are gravitating towards extreme views? For the conclusion of the story, David's misjudged attempts to deal with Max will drive the narrative to a shocking and thought-provoking climax."
The storyline is expected to take shape over the next several weeks to show how people are groomed by extremist groups, both online and in their local communities.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.
If you're concerned about someone who's expressing extremist or hateful views then ACT Early has further information. If you've seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, then report via www.gov.uk/ACT or call 0800 789 321.
If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.
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