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Coronation Street confirms acid attack as Charlotte Jordan reveals Daisy's horror

The ITV soap reveals where this story is heading

Daisy Midgeley's wedding is derailed by stalker Justin in Coronation Street. (ITV)
Daisy Midgeley's wedding is derailed by stalker Justin in Coronation Street. (ITV)

Daisy Midgeley’s wedding to Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard) will descend into horror on Coronation Street, as the ITV soap confirms that an acid attack will take place in the upcoming episode.

Charlotte Jordan's Daisy will be targeted on what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life, as her stalker Justin Rutherford (Andrew Still) takes brutal action.

Coronation Street is working with Acid Survivors Trust International and The Katie Piper Foundation to ensure a sensitive portrayal of the unsettling subject matter.

Recently, Daisy took matters into her own hands after a series of let downs from those around her. But much to her frustration, Justin was released on bail after his initial arrest.

FROM ITV

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Monday 27th March 2023

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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Ryan Connor arrives to take bride Daisy to the venue - but they are interrupted by Justin. (ITV)

"He's managed to wriggle free again," Jordan says."She's just really disappointed, not hugely surprised. She's trying to just stay focused on her wedding."

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After a disaster leads Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott) to step in as chauffeur, Daisy's big day takes a sinister turn when Justin arrives at The Rovers. I

n harrowing scenes, Justin heads towards Daisy with a glass full of clear liquid. Telling her that no one will want her after this, he throws acid at Daisy.

FROM ITV

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Wednesday 8th March 2023

The owner of the boutique calls at the pub and tells Daisy Midgeley [CHARLOTTE JORDAN] that they’ve had a call from Justin accusing her of assault and they’re no longer prepared to lend her a dress as the publicity could damage their reputation. Daisy’s gutted. When Daniel Osbourne [ROB MALLARD] makes light of it Daisy’s furious and storms off. 

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Daisy is due to marry Daniel Osbourne. (ITV)

Speaking about this storyline, Corrie's Executive Producer Iain MacLeod explains: “We were keen to show the long-term reality for people who are subjected to this kind of attack.

"It is something we might often read about in the papers but perhaps don’t fully understand, in terms of the depth and variety of effects it can have.

"As well as the medical impacts, we explore the social fallout of having your appearance profoundly changed, both in terms of your own ability to process that and how the wider world reacts to you.

"The story will at times be heartbreaking but we felt it was an important one to tell.”

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Wednesday 22nd February 2023

Daisy Midgeley [CHARLOTTE JORDAN] shows PC Scott [ANDREW ROBERTS-PALMER] the recent texts from Justin. PC Scott plays it down. 

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Daisy has been let down by the police at every turn. (ITV)

Chief Executive of The Katie Piper Foundation, Sarah Green, adds: “The Katie Piper Foundation were happy to support the team at Coronation Street to understand the initial and long lasting impact of an acid attack.

"The Katie Piper Foundation supports survivors of burns and traumatic scarring. Burns can happen in an instant, to anyone at any time, and within seconds survivors can be faced with a lifetime of recovery. We focus not only on the physical recovery of a survivor, but also the mental recovery addressing issues such as sight loss, PTSD, limb loss and new visible differences.

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"Coronation Street have shown determination in their research to portray the reality of such attacks and the long lasting impact they have, not only on the individual, but also the family and the wider community . We hope that storyline delivers much needed awareness around the life of all burns survivors – not just the initial impact but the proceeding hours, days, months and years of their lives.”

Katie Piper and Simon Cowell attend the launch of The Katie Piper Foundation at Sony Headquarters on July 13, 2010 in London, England.
Katie Piper and Simon Cowell attend the launch of The Katie Piper Foundation in 2010. (Getty)

Actor Jordan reveals her reaction to what is about to unfold onscreen: “When I was first told about this storyline, I really didn’t see this coming. It’s not something you see a lot on television so I was really surprised. There is a fear lurking in the back of Daisy’s mind since Justin was released on bail. She has always been thinking, 'will Justin retaliate in some way?'

"Seeing him again after he has been warned multiple times by officials to stay away from her, she is certainly scared of how he is going to react. I don’t think Daisy really thought about how obsessed Justin was going to become.”

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While we'll have to wait to find out what happens next, she also describes how this terrifying act affects Daisy. “I don’t even know how you can start to think about that [as] someone’s intention for you.

"So when it happens, she’s just trying to think ‘how do I get through it, how do I get to the hospital? How do I stop this from getting worse?’ Then the deeper mentality behind that will come later.”

FROM ITV

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Monday 13th March 2023

After Justin hurries away, his sister Karen [LYNN KENNEDY] calls at the Rovers, warning Daisy Midgeley [CHARLOTTE JORDAN] that this isn’t the first time Justin has become obsessed with someone and she needs to watch herself as he’s dangerous.

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It's been a harrowing time for Daisy during what should be the happiest weeks of her life (ITV)

Elaborating on the episode in question, the star is full of praise, and explains that Coronation Street’s signature style will be very much present before the chaos strikes.

“Ian Kershaw, who wrote the wedding episode, is so brilliant. He’s written it in a very classic Corrie way, where it’s ‘will they get down the aisle, won’t they get down the aisle?’

“All these little things are going wrong; there’s a bit of comedy in there, which is such a wonderful contrast for the drama that ensues later. [Daisy] starts in a very Bridezilla manner, all the little things that go wrong, she just thinks are a huge, huge deal!”

FROM ITV

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Friday 10th March 2023

Daisy Midgeley [CHARLOTTE JORDAN] psyches herself up for the Stalking Protection Order hearing. Dee-Dee Bailey [CHANNIQUE STERLING BROWN] addresses the court and points out to the Judge that Justin [ANDREW STILL] has failed to attend. Daisy delivers her statement, describing how Justin has made her life a misery. Suddenly the door to the court opens and Justin enters. Justin tells the court that there seems to be some misunderstanding, he made friends with Daisy, he’s not a stalker. Will Daisy get the SPO? 

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Justin told lies in court, leading to Daisy's request for a protection order to be denied. (ITV)

Due to the situation Daisy later finds herself in, the actor made some suggestions for her character’s outfit. “The wedding dress, it had to be 'Daisyfied', but it also had to be practical for what the purpose was for it.

“There was going to be a lot of physicality later down the line, so it couldn’t have been this massive, heavy ball gown. Initially it was strapless, and I sort of had to say: 'we need to add some security to the top of it, so that when she’s running around later, I’m protected.' It had to be a very ‘Daisy’ dress, but it also had to be practical.”

Coronation Street has worked with Acid Survivors Trust International (A.S.T.I) and The Katie Piper Foundation on the acid attack storyline, and help and support can be found via their websites.

Viewers who identify with Daisy’s story can contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust for help and support. You can also visit Safeguarding Hub for advice.

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