Coronation Street is set to tackle the issue of hate crime when Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin are subjected to an unprovoked violent attack because of her alternative identity.
Working alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Coronation Street decided to tell the hard-hitting storyline to explore social intolerance and prejudice so often suffered by people from stigmatised minority groups.
In scenes which will air next month, Seb and Nina will be subjected to a violent assault which has similarities to what happened to Sophie Lancaster in 2007, when she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon and beaten in a park simply because of the way they looked. As a consequence of the attack, Sophie sadly died from her injuries.
Sophie’s mum, Sylvia, set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory to focus on creating respect for, and understanding of, subcultures in our communities.
When the storyline was first discussed producers and the research team approached Sylvia who was delighted to be able to work with them to help highlight the issue.
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