Coronation Street's acid attack storyline sparks complaints to Ofcom

The scenes saw acid thrown at Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott)

Ryan Connor reckons with the after effects of the acid attack on Coronation Street. (ITV)
Ryan Connor was attacked on Coronation Street. (ITV)

Coronation Street has been hit with complaints over its acid attack storyline.

Scenes which aired earlier this week saw Daisy’s stalker Justin Rutherford (Andrew Still) throw sulphuric acid over Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott).

However, the scenes divided opinion and Ofcom received 72 complaints about the episode.

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In the dramatic plot, Justin had been trying to attack Daisy (Charlotte Jordan). But Ryan heroically jumped in the way and took the brunt of the attack, ending up injured.

Some fans of the ITV soap were unimpressed, with one calling it "totally irresponsible" and tweeting that it was "an epic fail".


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Ryan Connor [RYAN PRESCOTT] goes into the pub for Daisy Midgeley [CHARLOTTE JORDAN] but they’re shocked to find Justin [ANDREW STILL] there. Justin advances on Daisy holding a glass full of clear liquid, telling Daisy that no one will want her after this, he throws acid at Daisy. 

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Justin's stalking of Daisy escalated to a new level on Corrie, and Ryan was caught in the crossfire. (ITV)

Another suggested that it was in bad taste.

However, others praised the soap for tackling a "vitally important" issue.

"Such a horrific but important storyline @itvcorrie," tweeted one.

"So well handled and @ryanaprescott played his part so well. How is acid so readily available to the public? Truly harrowing."

"The acid attack scenes in #coronationstreet tonight will stay with me for a long time," said another fan.

Andrew Still plays Justin Rutherford in Coronation Street. (ITV)
Andrew Still plays Justin Rutherford in Coronation Street. (ITV)

"What a tough episode but so well acted. Had tears watching it and my heart and chest felt like they froze.

"Well done to everyone involved in this story."

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"Another said: I'm not prepared #coronationstreet for tonight BUT it's vitally important and a very real storyline of women being attacked mainly by violent, obsessive men with acid. For those saying it's too depressing or dramatic.

This happens! It needs to be spoken of."

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