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Former Coronation Street star hits out at new Toyah storyline

Note: This story discusses topics including rape and baby loss.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Former Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle has responded to rumours of a dark turn in Toyah Battersby's rape storyline.

Last month, it was reported that the ITV soap is set to reveal a twist in Toyah's horrific sexual assault at the hands of Phil Simmonds. Following the 2001 rape, viewers are set to discover that Toyah got pregnant and the baby was stillborn, leaving her to ultimately decide to bury her child in a park.

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The Red Rec park is seemingly due to be dug up for development, reportedly leaving Toyah fearing the discovery of her baby's remains.

Commenting on the new development, which is yet to be confirmed by the soap's bosses, Entwistle voiced her disappointment. The actress, known for playing Toyah's mother Janice until 2011, took to Twitter/X and tagged her onscreen husband Bruce Jones, who played Les Battersby on the show.

"Well we tried to make our moments as real as they could possibly be, didn't we?! @Brucejonesnew I guess we failed," Entwistle wrote. "Who knew digging up dead babies would become the highlight of ITV's tea time slot!!!"

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Entwistle isn't the only one who's been left puzzled at the rumoured storyline, with many fans pointing out that Toyah's pregnancy wouldn't be consistent with scenes shown in the aftermath of the sexual assault.

"Toyah's storyline has been heavily retconned," one fan wrote on Twitter/X, weighing in on the backlash. "What's played out on screen is now being contradicted."

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

Organisations including Sands and Tommy's are able to offer help and support to anyone affected by baby loss.

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