Coronation Street producer explains why show is exploring acid attack storyline

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Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street is set to embark on a storyline involving an acid attack against Daisy Midgeley.

Daisy has been the subject of a scary stalking campaign by Justin, but things will escalate in dramatic scenes airing next week.

On Daisy's wedding day, as she's set to leave the pub with stand-in chauffeur Ryan Connor, they are both horrified to find Justin lurking in the shadows of the pub.

Justin, holding a glass full of clear liquid, advances on Daisy and throws acid at her.

On the importance of tackling this storyline, Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod said he wanted to shed some light on the impact this kind of attack can have on the victim.

"We were keen to show the long-term reality for people who are subjected to this kind of attack," he said.

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"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."

Charlotte Jordan who plays Daisy added: "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."

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

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We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Call 999 if you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, or report any concerning situations using UK government resources or the Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service. The National Stalking Helpline is open 9.30am-4pm on weekdays (and until 8pm on Wednesdays) on 0808 802 0300.

Coronation Street has been working on Daisy's storyline with support from The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which works to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support.

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