Craig tries to convince the copper to admit to his sick crimes. But will the teen’s brave move pay off?
Is brave Bethany finally about to get justice for her ordeal?
Craig Tinker may look as though he couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding, but beneath that cuddly exterior, there’s a lion lurking. Determined to see Neil punished for raping Bethany, the special constable secretly records a conversation between himself and the criminal copper, during which he tries to goad Neil into admitting what he’s done.
It may be a risky move, but desperate times have called for desperate measures. Neil’s still swanning around Weatherfield nick like the great protector, and there’s not enough evidence to charge ringleader Nathan.
Craig isn’t the only one who’s taking matters into his own hands this week – so too, is David. He persuades Shona to help him track down Lara, another of Nathan’s victims, in the hope that if they can get her to talk to the police, it will strengthen the case against the evil salon owner. The pair manage to find her – but will Lara want to help? Back on the cobbles, Bethany’s gutted when Craig reveals that Neil denied her allegations, but her friend makes her feel 10 times better as he assures her he knows she is telling the truth. In fact, Craig’s kind words give Bethany such a boost that she decides to get professional counselling.
‘Craig has been Bethany’s rock,’ says star Lucy Fallon. ‘She feels safe around him, and he’s one of the only people she feels she can talk to.’
The schoolgirl is stunned, though, when Craig later reveals that he’s planning to quit the force, and she persuades him to change his mind.
The lad’s u-turn leaves Neil well and truly narked and, when Craig tells him that he’s planning to ask for a new mentor, he snaps, knowing it won’t look good in the eyes of his colleagues. Bundling Craig into his car, he tells him they need ‘a little chat’.
Although Craig’s frightened, he thinks on his feet. He secretly presses record on his mobile phone, and tries to goad his sick Sergeant into admitting just what he got up to at Nathan’s ‘parties.’ Will Neil reveal all?
At Craig’s insistence, Bethany then reports Neil to the police, and explains to DC Leigh how she was forced to have sex with him. The copper is confident that there is enough evidence to bring charges. Is brave Bethany finally about to get justice for her ordeal?
Craig confronts Neil about Bethany
The whole truth: Craig gets Bethany to tell all to DC Leigh