Coronation Street fans ‘work out’ Griff’s next victim as Roy Cropper

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The Coronation Street extremist storyline has moved up a gear as Wednesday night’s episode saw Griff face off with Roy Cropper after an explosive exchange at an environment meeting. Fans are convinced the cafe owner could be the next target of hate and are fearful for what’s in store for the much loved character.

The show’s controversial storyline has seen Max Turner, (played by Paddy Bever), being groomed by eco activist Griff, (Michael Condron) and his far right friends.

The teenager, who was being bullied at school, found a friend in Griff, after the far right extremist stuck up for him.

Wednesday’s episode saw Griff reveal his real intentions during a meeting at the community centre about the environment.

However the far right extremist was left astounded when Roy Cropper (David Neilson), challenged his thinking and highlighted the factual errors in his speech.

Many fans are convinced Griff and his gang will seek revenge on Roy after he tore apart his right wing speech.

One fan wrote: “Roy really needs to be careful here, because Roy’s Rolls could become a potential target for Griff and his lackeys in the future and folk in the cafe could get caught up in the crossfire like Shona etc.”.

Another Corrie fan added: “Roy might want to carry back a brick in his shopping bag at night from now on.”

While a concerned fan posted: “If they dare touch Roy Cropper, I will be throwing hands, he needs protecting at all costs.”

Ofcom have received over 100 complaints about the storyline with some viewers concerned about its references to racial violence.

Speaking about the theme, the show’s producer Iain Macleod previously shared his hope the storyline would raise awareness of grooming.

He said: “Overall, Max’s story is one about the grooming of a vulnerable teenager at a point where he’s feeling most alienated and disenfranchised.

“The story will encompass the ‘traditional’ recruitment techniques of extremists groups, and we’ll see Max befriended in person by older, mentor-like figures that will give him a sense of loyalty and brotherhood.”

While the storyline has seen a number of complaints, fans of the show have flocked to Twitter in support and have called it “uncomfortable and necessary”.

One viewer voiced how uncomfortable they found the gripping storyline posting: “Oh god that’s so Insidious.

“This is such an uncomfortable storyline but it is necessary because let’s face it, we’ve got people like this thinking it’s fine to think this way.”

Meanwhile, Monday night’s episode saw Max turn on his friend Daryan Zahawi in a disturbing attack.

Daryan was encouraged by Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) to finish up early after a long day at work.

However, when he left Speed Daal, he found Griff and his gang waiting for him.

They corned Daryan and shouted racist abuse before punching him.

He managed to slip away from the group but appeared dazed and bloodied.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV at 8pm.

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