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Coronation Street bosses apologise for sex abuse court case blunder that led to Ofcom complaints

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Coronation Street bosses have issued an apology after viewers noticed a major flaw in the courtroom scenes.

Following Monday night's episode of the soap, which centered around the grooming trial of Nathan Curtis and his teenage victim Bethany Platt, TV regulator Ofcom said it was assessing several complaints.

Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: ITV The traumatised teenager told the court about her harrowing time at the hands of Nathan and his depraved sex ring, which saw him plan to sell her abroad.

But some eagle-eyed fans noticed that Bethany wouldn't have been allowed to be sketched in court - as it would have breached her right to anonymity as a victim of sexual abuse.

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In the UK, artists are prohibited from sketching people in court as part of the 1925 Criminal Justice Act. The artists have to make notes during the hearings and then draw their impressions from memory.

Coronation Street later apologised for the blunder, with a spokesperson issuing a statement on Tuesday:

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“In last night’s episode we showed a court artist at work sketching Bethany during her trial. We accept this wasn’t a true representation of court procedure and we apologise for including it.

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“The artist was solely used to illustrate the passing of time, and we devoted multiple scenes to the fact that Bethany’s anonymity is a priority for the court.

"We repeatedly focused on details regarding screens and video links, and support for victims throughout the court process, which we hope would encourage anyone watching to recognise the fact they would be in a safe place when giving evidence.“

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Ofcom told the M.E.N that it had received six complaints about the episode, which aired at 8.30pm.

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These complainants alleged the dramatisation of the trial was ‘misleading or harmful’ and one specifically mentioned the court drawing.

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An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

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* Coronation Street returns on Wednesday at 8.30pm on ITV.

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