(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
There is one character on the cobbles currently who makes my skin crawl - PC Neil Clifton.
There are several reasons why I put him forward as one of the vilest of Corrie’s villains.
1. He is a police officer. He represents the law of Britain. His hypocrisy is evil and utterly unforgiveable. In the full knowledge of Bethany’s youth and naivety,PC Neil Clifton, in order to staisfy his own depraved desires, raped Bethany.
2. He went along with the stolen camera trick and allowed Nathan to make Bethany think it was all her own fault, piling on the guilt so that Bethany felt obliged to do as Nathan asked.
3. His own depraved desires he places above everything else. He is a bent copper, who, with no sign of a conscience, threatens and bullies the most vulnerable to save his own skin. He is menacing and sinister.
4. He exploits his own position to convince Sarah and his colleagues that he’s a decent, fair-minded copper.
We can only hope that Bethany finds the courage to speak out. Bethany went as far as to tell Craig that Neil wasn’t who he, Craig, thought he was. Craig raised the subject again but this time Bethany was too afraid to say anything.
My hope is that Craig pursues his questioning of Bethany, she tells Craig the truth, and bent PC Neil Clifton faces the harshest possible punishment and is put away for a long time, his career and reputation in absolute ruins.
By Ruth Owen, twitter: @Ruth1722
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