Coronation Street is working on a new kidnap cliffhanger as part of the ITV soap's controversial grooming storyline.

Warning: spoiler alert!

The harrowing storyline has seen teenage character Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) groomed by ex-boyfriend Nathan Curtis (actor Christopher Harper) and raped by Police Constable Neil Clifton (played by Ben Cartwright).

Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) and Nathan Curtis (Christopher Harper) - new twist in storyline

When Curtis was arrested after trying to traffick Bethany, Clifton threatened Bethany and warned her of the consequences for her family if she revealed the truth about him. 

Neil Clifton (played by Ben Cartwright) threatened Bethany and warned her of the consequences for her family if she revealed the truth

Bethany's friend, Craig Tinker (Colson Smith), later secretly recorded a confession from Clifton.

British tabloid The Sun now reports that upcoming episodes of the ITV soap will see Bethany kidnapped as the case against Curtis and Clifton goes to court.

The paper says Bethany will be kidnapped by Curtis' accomplice Mel Maguire, who had previously been groomed by him. 

Curtis' accomplice Mel (left, played by Sonia Ibrahim) will kidnap Bethany

Photos taken during filming on the soap show Mel, played by Sonia Ibrahim, attacking Bethany beside a railway track. 

The Sun says Bethany will try to escape but runs in the direction of an oncoming train with Mel chasing her.

If you have been affected by this storyline please contact Childline in Ireland on 1800 66 66 66 or The Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 778 888.

Coronation Street airs on TV3 and ITV on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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