Coronation Street bosses change canal plot after Stone Roses fan death


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The producers of ITV soap Coronation Street have axed a storyline with similarities to the recent death of a Stone Roses fan.

Scenes of a body found in a canal that were intended to air during Friday night's episode have been binned out of sensitivity concerning the death of Christopher Brahney.

"The producers of Coronation Street have taken the decision to remove references in this Friday's show, which although scripted and filmed weeks ago, bore some similarities to the manner in which Christopher Brahney’s body was found," a spokesman told ITV News.

"Like many others, we were extremely saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family."

22-year-old Brahney's body was found in the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays nearly two weeks after he went missing following the Stone Roses return gig at Heaton Park.

The Coronation Street storyline concerned the character Peter Barlow (played by Chris Gascoyne) and references to a body being pulled out of a canal.

Friday's episode will no-longer make reference to the location of a body being identified by the Barlow family.