Coronation Street's Bernie plans to trap Kel by sending him messages with false identity

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From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street's Bernie Winter puts together a new plan to trap Kel Hinchley next week.

Bernie was left devastated last month, as she heard that Kel sexually abused her son Paul Foreman when he was a child.

Paul has made the brave decision to report Kel to the police, although he fears the case could be jeopardised when Bernie fights with him at the shopping centre in this Friday's double bill (December 6).

By the time next week's episodes begin, Bernie has a new idea to help bring Kel to justice once and for all.

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Bernie starts sending Kel messages under the false name of 'Alfie', pretending to be an underage boy.

She suggests a meeting with Kel, hoping that he'll fall into her trap and incriminate himself.

Speaking about the storyline, Jane Hazlegrove – who plays Bernie – told Inside Soap: "Being the woman she is, Bernie is going to solve it in Bernie fashion – which of course will not work out well!

"She is full of anger and guilt. She's still trying to process what Paul has revealed. She's in shock and is furious.

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"She didn't know what was going on and is starting to piece it together now, so she's full of self-loathing."

Jane also reflected on Bernie's earlier attempt at taking action against Kel. When she visits the shopping centre at the end of this week, she writes the word "paedo" underneath Kel's picture on the security noticeboard, sparking a big fight.

"It was only afterwards that she realised she could have jeopardised the case, and even then she's not going to stop," Jane said.

"Bernie's had a lot of history with the police throughout her 50 years on the planet, so doesn't have much faith in them. She wants this resolved, but manipulative Kel has covered his tracks too well."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

Survivors Manchester is available to support boys and men who have been affected by sexual abuse and rape. Its website can be found at www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk and its helpline is 0161 236 2182. Local support agencies for all male and female survivors can be found at www.thesurvivorstrust.org. In an emergency, please dial 999.

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