Cor­rie ‘Spice Girl’ shock

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by SU­SAN HILL

CORONA­TION Street chiefs are work­ing on a hard-hit­ting sto­ry­line in which Sum­mer Spell­man col­lapses af­ter smok­ing Spice.

The ITV soap will show the school­girl be­ing dared to smoke some­thing by tear­away Si­mon Bar­low, which turns out to be the “zom­bie” drug.

Si­mon finds a joint in the street and the pair have no idea what it con­tains.

But in shock­ing scenes, Sum­mer col­lapses min­utes af­ter in­hal­ing the po­tent drug.

The har­row­ing plot echoes real-life scenes in Manch­ester, where Cor­rie is based.

Ear­lier this year footage emerged of peo­ple high on Spice, ei­ther stand­ing like stat­ues or slumped over in the street, inset. Po­lice have since launched a crack­down on drug tak­ing and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the city.

A Cor­rie in­sider said: “There is a mas­sive Spice prob­lem in Manch­ester city cen­tre, es­pe­cially among the home­less com­mu­nity, so it felt very cur­rent to fea­ture the drug in this sto­ry­line.”

They added: “The scenes are very up­set­ting.

“Sum­mer has no idea what she is smok­ing but is so des­per­ate to fit in fol­low­ing her move to Weather­field that she goes through with the dare to im­press Si­mon.

“It’s a stupid thing to do and the fall­out is go­ing to have a huge im­pact on her young life.” Sum­mer, who is played by Matilda Free­man, is cur­rently in the process of be­ing adopted by vicar Billy May­hew and his boyfriend Todd Grimshaw.

But while the cou­ple are busy play­ing happy fam­i­lies a dark se­cret from Billy’s past will lead to him be­ing ar­rested.

Our source added: “The Spice in­ci­dent with Sum­mer is only the half of it. “There’s also the mat­ter of Si­mon giv­ing her the drug, so there are go­ing to be huge reper­cus­sions for the Bar­low fam­ily too. “As they are com­ing to terms with what’s hap­pened Billy is ar­rested. It will jeop­ar­dise their adop­tion plans. “Sum­mer has been through so much and sadly it’s only go­ing to get worse for her.”

MO­MENT OF TRUTH: Sum­mer smokes the drug and, be­low right, is out for the count

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