Coronation Street to tackle hate crime in new storyline based on the Sophie Lancaster case

Coronation Street is set to tackle the issue of hate crime when characters Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin are violently attacked because of her appearance.

In a new storyline set to air in May, the couple will be targeted by a gang of drunken youths who shout abuse about Nina’s (Mollie Gallagher) Victorian Goth identity.

The storyline has many similarities to what happened to Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in a Lancashire park in 2007, and the soap has worked with a foundation set up by the late 20-year-old’s mother Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE.