Coronation Street's Roy to be arrested in Lauren murder case

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street's Roy Cropper is arrested next week as Lauren Bolton's disappearance becomes a murder investigation.

The ITV soap launches a big new storyline as the police realise there's more to Lauren's mysterious absence than meets the eye.

Lauren was last seen on Wednesday, February 21 when she told Roy that she was planning to leave Weatherfield for a fresh start. Roy was the last known person to see Lauren safe and well.

Bobby Crawford paid a visit to Lauren's empty flat shortly afterwards and became suspicious over her fate when she was nowhere to be seen.

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Next week, potential traces of blood are spotted on the curtains at Lauren's old flat and the police start treating the case as a murder inquiry, led by DS Swain.

Vicky Myers, who plays Swain, told Digital Spy: "Roy ends up in the frame because Swain interviews Bobby and there are certain elements of that conversation that raise suspicion.

"Then Swain goes ahead and goes to interview Roy. Because of his honesty and slight vulnerability, she sees that he's almost too good to be true.

"It's quite cynical, as she's suspicious over Roy's support for Lauren and she wonders: 'Do people really genuinely go and help someone and be generous towards them like this?' It raises suspicion and it goes from there, really.

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"There is evidence to support the theory. Once Swain and Tinker go to Lauren's flat, they're made aware that there's potentially some blood on the curtains.

"Scenes of Crime Officers are brought in to investigate and it's confirmed – and there's also human tissue. So it escalates into that, really."

A few days before these worrying discoveries, Roy cleans the flat as a favour to Evelyn Plummer, who was sub-letting the property to Lauren.

This sparks suspicion that Roy could have been trying to clean up the crime scene for his own sinister reasons.

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Vicky continued: "Swain doesn't know Roy and she doesn't care about Roy. Regardless of what anyone else says to her about him, she deals in facts and she's got to get to the bottom of this.

"Swain very much sees herself as 'the victim's voice'. So she's working at it from Lauren's perspective. She wants to know what's happened to her.

"Regardless of what anyone else says about this much-loved character on the Street, she doesn't care about that. That's of no interest to her whatsoever."

Roy is arrested in scenes airing on Friday, March 15 as Swain makes him the prime suspect in the police's investigation.

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Asked whether Swain believes she has her man or if she has doubts, Vicky replied: "The evidence is there to suggest it. But I think for Swain, she's never met anybody like Roy before and it makes her feel quite uncomfortable.

"But it's not really for her to decide. Swain's job is to collate all of the evidence, corroborate everything and pass it onto CPS and then court. So she's just got to do her job and make sure she can get enough evidence as she possibly can.

"Regardless of what other people are saying and if they're championing Roy's corner, that's her job and she takes it seriously."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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