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Coronation Street's Charlie de Melo hopes Imran and Toyah don't split up

·2-min read

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street's Kelly Neelan is going to be arrested next week in response to the vicious attack on Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin that cost the latter his life.

Kelly's foster parents Imran Habeeb and Toyah Battersby are obviously going to be hugely affected by this, but actor Charlie de Melo is really hoping it doesn't lead to them breaking up.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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"Initially, they put on a united front to do whatever they can to support (Kelly)," he told Inside Soap. "However, as details of the attack become more apparent, and more evidence is dug up, the seriousness of it starts to divide Toyah and Imran.

"Imran stands by the fact that they've made a promise to Kelly that they will support her regardless, whereas Toyah's stance is: 'We didn't sign up for this. To be supportive of a child is one thing, [but] to be supportive of a violent person goes beyond the call of duty.'

"(Toyah and Imran) have been together for the majority of the time I've been on the show, so I wouldn't know what to do with myself if they split up! It's funny how far they've come, seeing as when Toyah and Imran first got together, he was sleeping with her and Leanne!"

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Related: Coronation Street used hand double for emotional exit scenes

Things with Kelly become even more complicated when a face from the past returns to influence her.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights on ITV.

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Coronation Street has worked on the current storyline alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up to challenge prejudices and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and extend UK hate crime legislation, following the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

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